LITTLE EXPLORERS is a website that makes surfing the Internet very easy. A picture-dictionary format is used to link to over 600 sites around the world. Since the pictures are links, even pre-readers can surf with a minimum of help and guidance from their favorite adult.
LITTLE EXPLORERS lets children experience the World
Wide Web and sample diverse knowledge and culture from around the world, using the simple, pictorial format.
There are also English-French, English-German, English-Portuguese, and English-Spanish versions of the picture dictionary
HOW DO I USE LITTLE EXPLORERS?
To enter the picture dictionary, click on any letter at the top of the screen and you'll see words and pictures that start with that letter. Most entries in the dictionary are links to activities related to that topic. Just click on a picture or a word, and you'll link to a web site related to it.
If a child wants to link to a particular topic, such as DINOSAUR, they first have to figure out that dinosaur starts with "D", and click on the "D" in the frame above to get to the "D" page. Then, to get to the dinosaur link, they click on either the picture of the dinosaur or the word "DINOSAUR".
HOW CAN I HELP MY CHILDREN GET STARTED ON THE WEB?
Each site is carefully chosen to be appropriate, enjoyable, educational, and interesting. There are over 600 fun, educational activities for children, and more are being added all the time.
WHAT ABOUT WEB SAFETY?
When using Little Explorers, children stay within the picture-dictionary structure of the LITTLE EXPLORERS web site, and surf the sites we've chosen for appropriate content.
FOR WHOM WAS LITTLE EXPLORERS DESIGNED?
We designed the picture-dictionary surfing format for children, as well as for people learning to read English, but anyone who likes to surf at fun, educational sites will enjoy it.
ARE SOME OF THE SITES TOO ADVANCED FOR PRESCHOOLERS?
All the sites included in Little Explorers have pictures to interest even the youngest child. The content of some of the pages is at a level often thought of as being for older children. In fact, even preschoolers benefit from the exposure to more advanced material, and they appreciate the great variety of subjects. And, any time they want, they can just click on a letter to go on to another selection.
WHAT SUBJECTS ARE COVERED IN LITTLE EXPLORERS?
A variety of topics is covered, including the sciences, math, geography, culture, art, crafts, languages, literature, government, music, sports, history, etc. More topics are being added all the time. See our Index of Activities by Subject.
HOW CAN I USE LITTLE EXPLORERS IN A CLASSROOM?
Please see our Educator's Guide to Little Explorers. There is an index of the entries by topic, useful in lesson planning. We also have another educational web site called ZOOMSCHOOL, which is an on-line classroom with links related to a geographic theme that changes monthly.
HOW CAN I USE LITTLE EXPLORERS FOR HOME SCHOOLING?
Please see our Educator's Guide to Little Explorers. There is an index of the entries by topic, useful in lesson planning. We also have another educational web site called ZOOMSCHOOL, which is an on-line classroom with links related to a theme that changes monthly.
CAN LITTLE EXPLORERS HELP CHILDREN LEARN TO READ?
Yes. In the process of surfing the web, children access the entries by their first letter, thus getting incidental reading experience and spelling practice. By using the alphabet in order to find a desired topic, young children learn how to read without consciously trying, and older children will improve their reading skills.
DO I NEED TO BUY ANY SOFTWARE TO USE LITTLE EXPLORERS?
No. You do, however, need an up-to-date browser in order to use Little Explorers. We also have an educational game on CD-ROM designed for children ages 2-6, called BUSY LITTLE BRAINS, but the CD-ROM isn't necessary for using Little Explorers.
CAN I LINK TO LITTLE EXPLORERS FROM MY OWN WEB PAGE?