FactMonster is kid’s version of InfoPlease. Currently run by Pearson Education, it’s chock full of dependable information cut down to kid’s size. Featuring lots of “homework help” features and munchkin-level explanations, this is a great place for kids to start learning to do research on their own. Also features an atlas, dictionary and encyclopedia.
InfoPlease is a great, free, internet-based almanac with a plethora of quality information about almost anything you can think of! Run by Pearson Education (of textbook-publishing fame), it has an atlas, encyclopedia, dictionary, thesaurus, “Day in History” page, and even a few more nifty tools like the periodic table and conversion tools. It’s truly a one-stop-shop for information! The clean layout and well-designed separation of sections makes finding your topic a snap. If you can’t find it here, you can’t find it anywhere! A great place to start your research.
Now that spring (or maybe early summer, considering the temperatures this past week!) has finally arrived and all of my plants are in the ground, it’s time for serious consideration of all things garden! One of my favorite sources at this time of year is The Old Farmer’s Almanac. While I always purchase a print copy at my local hardware store, the online version is also fantastic!
Continually published since Robert Bailey Thomas created the first issue in 1792, the Old Farmer’s Almanac is America’s longest continually published periodical. The new print edition comes out every September, but the website is continually updated with interesting and up-to-date tidbits on all things astronomical, meteorological, culinary, and agricultural, with a “pleasant degree of humor,” as they say on the website.
The home page has a fun variety of information including various “…. of the Day” tidbits (ex: Question of the Day, Advice of the Day, etc.), weather and moon phase information, and a calendar. The website is divided into more specific sections, there are pages dedicated to weather, moon/astronomy, gardening, best days, cooking and recipes, home/health, community, and their store. Each contains a wealth of free information and folklore that gives you the same feeling as picking the brain of your crusty, if extremely knowledgeable, country grand-uncle.