Hi! It’s Wednesday, September 22, 2010 and time for Language Arts at ClickSchooling!
Age Range: 8-15 (Approximately, with parental guidance. Non-readers will need assistance.)
Today’s website was recommended to me by the founder, Deepa Gopal, who wrote:
“I attended your homeschooling conference earlier this year. We spoke briefly during a break, and I mentioned a news website for children that I wanted to put together. We went through an alpha program over the summer and have just launched the website, Youngzine.com.”
I am really impressed with the website Deepa created due to her 11-year-old son’s interest in current events and the lack of a child-friendly site that met his needs. She left her 17-year career in engineering to start Youngzine.
Youngzine is a free online news website for children that presents current events in politics, science & technology, environment, and society through articles, pictures and videos without the risk of running into inappropriate or sensational content.
When you get to the site, you’ll see some of the featured news articles. Use the menu at the top of the screen to access information about:
- World News
- Science & Tech
- Our Earth
- Society & Arts
Each section offers articles, videos, picture galleries, facts, trivia, and additional resources for learning more about various topics.
There is also a section called “Play Zine” that contains comics, entertaining and fun videos, and online interactive games.
Access to the content on the site is free. Readers are encouraged to register at the site (also free) and join in the online community of parents and children to express their views, submit articles, book reviews or travelogues, and win points through participation. All content is moderated by Youngzine’s editorial team.
Youngzine is a great demonstration of how a child’s needs can motivate his or her parents to create amazing educational opportunities that benefit everyone!