Recommended daily dose of enrichment for children (via email)
One of the great things about the new web of today is the ability to get news and stories delivered to your email inbox (or feed reader if you prefer to go with RSS) from around the web. There are several fantastic websites for children that publish stories on a regular (if not daily) basis, dedicated to subjects like science, nature, environment & green living, history, geography, astronomy, technology and even business. Many such sites provide the visitor the ability to ’subscribe’ to their stories via email. The convenience of having these interesting news tidbits and stories delivered right to your child’s inbox cannot be stressed enough. Most of these email newsletters provide a snapshot or preview of various stories that navigate to the actual site, should your child be interested in reading the entire story.
If you’re uncomfortable with sharing your child’s email address on these websites, consider creating an email account especially for this purpose. Note, however, that kids may end up not checking the separate email account on a daily basis – instead, giving them the ability to click on these newsletters while browsing their regular email account is how it usually works best.
Here’s SmartBean’s list of 10 top sites with email newsletters for kids to sign up for–
- Science Daily
- Planet Green
- Science News for Kids
- National Geographic News and National Geographic Kids News
- Discovery Channel History
- Wall Street Journal (Classroom edition)
- Astronomy Magazine
- How Stuff Works (Select from a choice of newsletters – Auto Enthusiasts/Computers and Electronics/Science and Technology/In The Kitchen/Home and Garden/Travel and Adventure/ Lifestyle)
Subscribing to RSS feeds in a feed reader such as Google Reader (sign in with your Google/Gmail account) would work just as well, if not marginally better, as RSS feeds, unlike email, don’t run the risk of being spammed out of the inbox by over-enthusiastic spam filters.