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The internet is full of fun, useful, and even educational websites for the Sandwich Generation looking for fun computer activities for grandparents and grandchildren. It’s just hard to find them sometimes in the midst of all the weird, spammy, and sometimes downright dangerous ones. To assist you in that area, I will periodically review different sites for grandparents to share with their children and grandchildren.
Mrs. Alphabet is a site that offers a wealth of options. I have subscribed to her free ezine for years and love it. Every week I receive an email loaded with activities, ideas, and links that are centered around a different theme and are all educational.
Today’s just arrived in my mailbox and she has used the fun holiday theme of Gingerbread. Clicking on the different links I found a cute Rebus story of the Gingerbread Boy, a set of simple math problems using Gingerbread cutouts, a couple of cute Gingerbread Boy forms with lines for kids to write stories, a complete curriculum using Gingerbread cookies, and more. There is even a Green theme tie-in! Anne Lynch, an author and creator of children's books, certificates, learning tools, and updated educational materials, is the woman behind Mrs. Alphabet. Her goal is to assist children in early learning and successful progress in alphabet recognition, phonics, beginning reading, math, and more.
The site is geared for early elementary, however I found options for older children, and you could easily adjust many of the activities for grandparents to help both older and younger children to incorporate all ages of grandchildren. Whether you work in a school and use every idea here, or are like me, and pick and choose the occasional craft when you are babysitting grandchildren, I think you will enjoy the ezine she offers. You can sign up for it directly at Mrs. Alphabet.
Once you’ve signed up, click on the different choices on the pencil at the top, especially the one titled Links. You will find links for computer games, a ton of alphabet games, reading helps and more. I found the Fry’s List of Sight Words that one of my grandkids worked with in Kindergarten a few years ago. I printed it out to help a different grandchild who is just now starting to learn to read.
As Sandwich Generation grandparents, the time we spend with our grandchildren is valuable to both them and us. When we can combine our babysitting grandchildren with educational activities for grandparents and grandchildren that will help them in school, we add an extra blessing to the mix. Try Mrs. Alphabet’s ezine and see if it doesn’t give you some great ideas. And if you do, let us know what you tried and how you liked it. We’d love to hear from you. And for more great resources for Sandwich Generation grandparents and their grandchildren…