• Amelia Earhart - 05/16/2013

    Amelia Mary Earhart, the first women to fly solo across the Atlantic, was born July 24, 1897 at her grandparents' home in Atchison, Kansas. Despite her many pioneering achievements, she is best known for her tragic disappearance over the Pacific on July 2, 1937, halfway to her goal of circling the...

  • Jamestown Settlement - 05/09/2013

    In 1607, thirteen years before the Pilgrims created Plymouth Colony in Massachusetts, the first permanent English colony was founded at Jamestown Settlement in Virginia. The original colonists suffered a very rocky start, however, as just three later in 1610, only 60 colonists of the original 500...

  • Flowers - 05/02/2013

    "April showers bring May flowers." Perhaps that's why May is National Flower Month. Indulge your green thumb with this week's website picks about flowers.

  • Mother's Day - 04/25/2013

    Mother's Day is a time to show our gratitude for everything Moms do. And for those Moms who are lucky enough to still have their own Moms to celebrate with, it's a double holiday. Happy Mother's Day to all!

  • Margaret Thatcher - 04/17/2013

    Margaret Thatcher (Oct 13, 1925 - Apr 8, 2013) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1979 to 1990. Nicknamed "the Iron Lady" by a Soviet journalist for her tough leadership style, her conservative policies became known as "Thatcherism."

  • Earth Day - 04/10/2013

    Since its inception in 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated annually on April 22. Although ideally everyday should be Earth Day, the annual holiday presents the perfect opportunity to learn more about ecology and the environment.

  • Fun Coloring Book - 04/06/2013

    Are you ready for some cool coloring fun? Awesome. Use your mouse to dip your brush into the color you want then click on the area you want to color and have fun! Be creative and colorful. Great fun awaits when you color in the Fun Coloring Book!...

  • Sequences and Series - 04/04/2013

    This week's topic is one usually studied in first year algebra: sequences and series. Let's start with some definitions. A sequence is an ordered list of numbers, and a series is the sum of the terms (the individual numbers) of a sequence. For more lessons, here are my weekly website picks.

  • Parthenon - 03/27/2013

    Constructed entirely of white marble in less than nine years, the Parthenon is widely regarded as the epitome of ancient Greek architecture. Built on a hill in the middle of Athens, known as the Acropolis, the Parthenon was dedicated to the Greek goddess Athena. Travel there with me, on a virtual...

  • Parts of Speech Games - 03/27/2013

    There are nine parts of speech that classify how words are used in particular sentences. They are verbs, nouns, pronouns, articles, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions and interjections. In English, there are many words that can be more than one part of speech, so context is always important....

  • Cake Pops - 03/13/2013

    Cake pops (frosted cake balls on a stick) seem to be cropping up everywhere. And why not? Not only are they pretty and tasty, they're also fun to make. Nom, nom, nom.

  • Picture Dictionaries - 03/07/2013

    Today's topic is picture dictionaries, where a picture is worth a thousand words. Although traditionally used for early childhood education, a few of these picks use picture-dictionary metaphor to explore more advanced topics such as astronomy, architecture and anatomy.

  • Diagramming Sentences - 02/27/2013

    Sentence diagramming (also known as Reed-Kellogg diagramming) was a popular classroom grammar technique for nearly a century. It lost favor about thirty years ago, but several Surfnetkids readers recently suggested sentence diagramming as a topic. I hope this means grammar is making a comeback!...

  • Trick or Treat: Mummy Halloween Coloring - 02/21/2013

    Pick a crayon and start coloring! This cute Halloween Mummy is ready to be colored by you for an extra special, super fun treat. No tricking! Click on colors then click again to apply them. Change the color pallet by clicking on the icon with the colored circles. You can also save and print your masterpiece....

  • Adjectives - 02/21/2013

    An adjective is a word or phrase that describes a noun. Adjectives usually answer questions such as: "What kind is it?", "How many are there?", or "Which one is it?" Today's sites explore adjectives with articles, lessons and worksheets for grades K-12.

  • Jane Austen - 02/13/2013

    Romantic novelist Jane Austen (1775 - 1817) achieved success in her lifetime with the publication of "Sense and Sensibility" in 1811, followed by four additional novels. And her continued popularity after two-hundred years is nothing short of phenomenal, with adaptations of nearly every kind continuing...

  • Valentine's Day Quotes - 02/06/2013

    Whether you are looking for quotes to adorn a Valentine's Day card, or inspiration to put you in a Valentine's Day frame of mind, these sites are ready to serve. Happy Valentine's Day!

  • Paper Dolls - 01/30/2013

    Printable paper dolls collections are plentiful on the Web. For today's picks, I chose four prolific artists who have created their own line of paper dolls, and one collector who is scanning vintage paper doll books that are now out-of-print. Among them, surely you'll find plenty to delight a child...

  • Groundhog Day - 01/23/2013

    Groundhog Day folklore says if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow when he comes out of his burrow on February 2, there will be six more weeks of winter. If it is overcast, and the groundhog does not see his shadow, then spring must be near. How accurate is the furry rodent that is also known as woodchuck?...

  • Giant Pandas - 01/16/2013

    The giant panda is a bamboo-eating bear, native to China. Because of deforestation and other habitat destruction, the panda is endangered. However, conservation efforts such as Chinese nature reserves and captivity breeding have been having some success. Additionally, scientists have reevaluated...