Listed below are five web sites for parents to learn more about literacy and educational resources for young children with and without special needs. 1. Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) - www.cehd.umn.edu/CEED/ Developed by the University of Minnesota, this website provides Information about education and literacy for young children, including children with special needs. 2. Center for Early Literacy Learning – www.earlyliteracylearning.org Valuable tips and literacy resources for early childhood intervention practitioners, parents, and other caregivers of children, birth to five years of age 3. Is Your Child Ready - www.isyourchildready.com Take a 5-minute online quiz that will help you gauge your child's readiness for Kindergarten. Find resources to help you find early care and education opportunities in your community. 4. Minnesota Parents Know - parentsknow.state.mn.us On this website you will find age-specific early childhood information from the Minnesota Department of Education 5. Reading Rockets - www.readingrockets.org This website offers fantastic resources and booklists to help parents with young and struggling readers.
Ever wanted a small garden? Wanted to let your kids plant something but didn't really want to go to all the trouble of making a backyard garden? Here's a fun idea! Put gravel in the bottom of the tank for drainage, add a good layer of potting soil (maybe 5-8 inches) and let your kids plant some seeds. You can even replace the lid's fish light with a plant light. This gal did little air plants in small pots and then hid the pots with more soil. If you put a deep enough layer of soil you could grow some veggies: carrots, raddishes. How fun would that be?