Your child needs general knowledge to be a good reader and problem solver. They need general knowledge to be successful academically. Despite the importance of general knowledge for academic success, schools teach surprisingly little of it.
According to Daniel Willingham, a cognitive scientist and author of Why Don't Students Like School, only about 6% of the school day is devoted to science and social studies in 1st grade. This increases to only about 10% of the total school day in 3rd grade. So, general knowledge is crucial but it's likely that your child isn't getting enough of it at the elementary school level. So, how do you go about improving your child's general knowledge?
I have already written a couple of hubs on how to use books and classics to build and improve general knowledge in kids. There are also some really good knowledge building websites. These are some that I like.
BrainPop and BrainPopJr
BrainPop and BrainPopJr are my favorite knowledge building websites. Access costs $7.99 a month. The websites offer free preview videos, so you can determine whether your kids like the videos or not. These educational videos are high quality cartoons that cover just about every concept your kids would need to learn. They are great vocabulary builders and knowledge builders, and they are a lot of fun. They are videos most children would want to watch.
Early Knowledge for Kids
Early Knowledge for Kids provides downloadable general knowledge content for tablets like the iPad and eReaders. All content is in PDF format, so it can be downloaded to any computer or printed. The website provides a monthly magazine for elementary age children that teaches concepts in science and social studies. There are also educational stories that teach nonfiction concepts. A free eBook called Countries of the World for Kids is also available.
Visit for more information.
This website offers a free Elementary Life Science eBook with a parent guide. The rest of the books cost $50 each. The books were written by a high school science teacher.
Visit http://eequalsmcq.com/ for more information.
Science With Me
Science With Me is a fun way to introduce science to young children and increase general science knowledge. The website sells fun science bundles complete with videos, books, coloring books and science songs. The bundles cover: Sore Eye, Five Senses, Esther the Earthworm, The Heart, Lord Glucose (The Respiratory System), Sound, Stanley the Skeleton, Steam Engines, Honey Bees, Skin and Joints. They are appropriate for preschool and elementary age children. The website also provides a lot of free content.
Visit http://sciencewithme.com for more information.
Classics for Kids
Classics for Kids is a free website provided by a classical music radio station in Cincinnati. The website provides information on a large number of classical composers. There are also quizzes. The best part of the website is the large number of free podcasts that talk about the lives and works of composers. The podcasts are a lot of fun for kids to listen to.
Visit http://www.classicsforkids.com for more information.
Watchknow.org is a free website that organizes a huge number of educational videos. Videos are listed under multiple categories and subcategories. The best feature is an age filter that lets you limit searches to a specific age range. To quote directly from the website:
Imagine hundreds of thousands of great short videos, and other media, explaining every topic taught to school kids. Imagine them rated and sorted into a giant Directory, making them simple to find. WatchKnowLearn is a non-profit online community devoted to this goal.
Chukwunyere Franklin on August 06, 2020:
MentorcbseSchool on December 27, 2018:
Excellent and useful website
manjeet on January 05, 2012:
science is my life