For younger students to have fun learning letters, words and numbers. This is a program that helped all my three kids learn reading.
Club Penguin is a virtual world where children can play games, have fun and interact with each other. Club Penguin is designed for 6-14 year olds. The site touts itself as safe, wholesome, commercial-free and predator-free. Each player starts by choosing a penguin, giving it an identity, and then exploring Club Penguin. They can interact with other penguins by chatting, playing game and sending greeting cards. By playing games, players earn virtual coins which they can eventually use to buy clothing and accessories for their penguin or furniture for their igloo. A $6 monthly fee keeps the site ad-free, but you can create a penguin and play plenty of games with a “free” account.
This free site allows players 6-14 to design a “NickSelf”, create their own playroom, create a pet fish, play games, watch videos or engage in a filtered chat with friends or Nickelodeon characters. Players score points which are used to dress their avatars and decorate their rooms. The site is commercial-free, unless you consider the site itself as gigantic ad for Nickelodeon. Either way, kids love it!
Bob the Builder
The games and activities on this site are designed to teach the can-do spirit of accomplishment. Every episode finishes with a job well done and a lesson learned about the value of a positive attitude, problem-solving and teamwork. Again, commercial-free except the obvious. There is also a store accessible through an icon on the homepage.