Online Companion Materials for

PARENTING YOUNG CHILDREN:

EXPLORING THE INTERNET, TELEVISION, PLAY, AND READING

By Robert D. Strom and Paris S. Strom

Dear Readers:
These online resources will provide sites to visit with your child as well as useful and up-to-date sites for parenting information. Because typing URLs can be time consuming and tedious, we have developed this Web site to make your Internet visits convenient. Use this site for access to URLs identified in each chapter of the book. The first section provides a list of “click to” Internet sites for you and your child to explore together. The last section is a list of “click to” Internet sites for parents only. We hope you enjoy this additional feature of our book.

Sincerely,
Robert D. Strom bob.strom@asu.edu
Paris S. Strom stromps@auburn.edu

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PART I: TEACHING AND LEARNING

1. Exploring the Internet Together
2. Conversations and Socialization
3. Young Children as Consumers

PART II: FRUSTRATIONS AND FEARS

4. Hurry, Patience, and Frustration
5. Understanding the Preschool Soldier
6. Managing Fears and Worries

PART III: SELF-CONTROL AND DECISION MAKING

7. Self-Control and Adaptability
8. Mutual Rights and Getting Along
9. Setting Goals and Self-Evaluation

PART IV: PLAY AND IMAGINATION

10. In Defense of Pretenders
11. Learning to Play With Children
12. Observing Children at Play

PART V: CREATIVITY AND CURIOSITY

13. Curiosity and Asking Questions
14. Guidelines for Watching Television
15. Solitude and Reflective Thinking


Parent-Child Internet Visits

Chapter 1. Exploring the Internet Together

British Broadcasting Company presents fun and games with Barnaby Bear, Fairy Footprints and more. http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/funandgames/fairyfootprints.shtml

Chapter 2. Conversations and Socialization

British Broadcasting Company invites you to visit Cinderella at http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/cinderella.shtml and Jack and the Beanstalk – http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/stories/jackbeanstalk.shtml

Chapter 3. Young Children as Consumers

Practice the alphabet and sing the alphabet song at Fisher-Price http://www.fisher-price.com/us/fun/games/abc

Chapter 4. Hurry, Patience, and Frustration

To develop skills related to reading is the purpose of Starfall – see http://www.starfall.com Click to “It’s fun to read,” “All about Me,” and “About my body.”

Chapter 5. Understanding the Preschool Soldier

Two stories-- I am Not Sleepy and I Will Not Go to Bed and This is Actually My Party — are about relationships with siblings and peers that arise because of selfishness and ignoring feelings of others http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/charlieandlola/stories

Chapter 6. Managing Fears and Worries

Visit the Sesame Street gang http://www.ctw.org and click Games – Elmo and Zoe’s Magical Numbers Game, and Zoe’s Dance Moves.

Chapter 7. Self-Control and Adaptability

Meet Curious George at Public Broadcasting System http://pbskids.org/curiousgeorge/games and Play Roller Monkey and Snapshot.

Chapter 8. Mutual Rights and Getting Along

http://www.storyplace.org Storyplace and click Preschool Library, choose a topic from the list of Other Themes, such as Time to fight a fire, a sing-along, and a dot-to-dot Dalmatian. Also click Elementary Library and choose one of those topics.

Chapter 9. Setting Goals and Self-Evaluation

http://www.storyplace.org Storyplace and click Preschool Library. Click Other Themes and ask your child to choose where to explore. Options include Colors, Trains, Animals, Fish, Pets, Teddy Bears, and Music.

Chapter 10. In Defense of Pretenders

Great Big Fancy Word Game http://www.noggin.com

Chapter 11. Learning to Play with Children

Online resource for dinosaurs www.kidsturncentral.com/links/dinolinks.htm Click DinoMight Kid’s Dino Games, and choose Triassic Paint, Jurassic Paint and Cretaceous Paint. Enjoy moving the dinos and painting the landscape.

Chapter 12. Observing Children at Play

Greek mythology and Chinese fables at Starfall http://www.starfall.com/ Look at the Introduction, then click “I’m reading” and read to your child some of the Greek myths such as “The Woman Runner,” “Pegasus,” and “The Wooden Horse.” Let your child click the green arrow to turn the pages of the book.

Chapter 13. Curiosity and Asking Questions

Modern Art Museum in New York City and check out Van Gogh and other famous artists http://www.moma.org/destination/index.html

Chapter 14. Guidelines for Watching Television

Public Broadcasting System presents games to play with Curious George - http://pbskids.org/curiousgeorge/games Try Banana 411 which allows your child to practice number skills. Play the game on Count Your Chickens, involving counting, guessing, and confirmation.

Chapter 15. Solitude and Reflective Thinking

Fisher-Price provides support for parent understanding of children, family play and interaction < href="http://www.fisher-price.com" target="new">http://www.fisher-price.com Visit Games and Activities, send a free e-card, print color pages, crafts, and online games.

Parent Internet Visits

Chapter 1. Exploring the Internet Together

The Search Institute provides a list of 40 developmental assets that are needed by young children http://www.search-institute.org/developmental-assets-tools

Chapter 2. Conversations and Socialization

What readiness skills are needed for kindergarten? See a checklist by the Family Education Network - http://school.familyeducation.com/kindergarten/school-readiness/38491.html

Chapter 3. Young Children as Consumers

The Federal Communications Commission provides information to help parents deal with, decipher, and monitor the communications that their children can access. Go to http://www.fcc.gov/parents and click to Children's TV Rules, FCC Information for Parents, and other topics.

Chapter 4. Hurry, Patience, and Frustration

Tips about reading milestones and ways to encourage your child to read are supported by Public Broadcasting System http://www.pbs.org/parents/readinglanguage/preschooler/reading_milestone_preschooler.html

Chapter 5. Understanding the Preschool Soldier

Gocreate http://www.Gocreate.com/History/index.htm Choose a period of time to examine, by century, from B.C. to 2009 A.D. Significant events of history that led to advancement of mankind and efforts that undermined progress are offered.

Chapter 6. Managing Fears and Worries

For prevention of child exposure to sex offenders, Family Watchdog provides a city map with markers where identified convicted sex offenders live and work http://www.familywatchdog.us

Chapter 7. Self-Control and Adaptability

Enjoy a few relaxing minutes of the music of Clair de Lune by Claude Debussy presented at Music Animation Machine http://www.revver.com/video/6015/clair-de-lune

Chapter 8. Mutual Rights and Getting Along

What about the games young children like to play? Entertainment Software Rating Board list of games are rated with title, publishers, content, and platform. Click Early Childhood to see the list of video and computer games that are acceptable for young children http://www.esrb.org/ratings/ratings_guide.jsp

Chapter 9. Setting Goals and Self-Evaluation

For information about child nutrition, visit U. S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/childnutrition.html

Chapter 10. In Defense of Pretenders

Age and Creativity, and Myths About Creativity http://www.creatingminds.org

Chapter 11. Learning to Play with Children

Watch young children involved with different types of play http://www.aplaceofourown.org Click topics, then click Play and Creativity. Try Dramatic Play and Imagination and others with videos.

Chapter 12. Observing Children at Play

Mayo Clinic presents descriptions about diseases or conditions. The Mayo response then includes an introduction to health issues, symptoms, causes, risk factors, treatment, and when to seek medical advice http://www.mayoclinic.com

Chapter 13. Curiosity and Asking Questions

Public Broadcasting System presents what preschoolers understand about news and your interpreter role http://www.pbs.org/parents/talkingwithkids/news/agebyage_2.html

Chapter 14. Guidelines for Watching Television

Ad Council offers advice on how to monitor media exposure - http://www.thetvboss.org

Chapter 15. Solitude and Reflective Thinking

Public Broadcasting System presents the Child Development Tracker with predictable milestones in child development, and allows you to select the child’s age with a description of developmental events for a specific age range to help determine expectations. Go to http://www.pbs.org/parents/childdevelopment

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