Whether borrowing them from the library, using those available online or owning a set, families can get much use out of encyclopedias. Mom, Dad and other adults in the home can show an interest and fascination with learning and exploring right at home with good reference materials. In fact, adults with children looking at pictures, playing games and looking up information that can be interpreted for their comprehension level can create within the children appreciation for the value and the treasures to be found when hunting through encyclopedias.
Reading and Family Time
My parents invested in a set of adult and a set of children’s encyclopedias when I was about three or four years of age. They looked eye-catching on the bookshelf in the living room, but they did not stay on the shelf. In our daily reading time, we would read children’s books and look at the pictures and read a little here and there in one of those encyclopedia books. When I became an adult, I was thrilled with the encyclopedias online that catered to children. Today, those online sources are incredible, but it should not take away family reading time.
While not everyone can afford to purchase sets of encyclopedias, used sets are still often up-to-date enough for reading time with the kids. Of course, many libraries have sets that are available for use. Old and young should make visits to their local libraries a regular habit. The library always has more books than individuals can afford to purchase for themselves, and local libraries thrive best when they have loyal visitors.
Benefits of Online Free and Subscription Resources
With the fabulous online encyclopedias that have pages for children and students of all ages and levels, parents can supervise online time with their kids. The sites offer countless articles on all types of topics useful to children and students. These encyclopedias online offer video clips, quizzes, puzzles and trivia facts to make learning fun. Tons of photos, dictionaries and other reference materials are also available on these websites. Some free resources are available, and up-to-date information on quality sites is also offered for reasonable subscription prices.
My favourite site is World Book Kids because of the presentation and the materials they offer for free and by subscription. Another kids’ encyclopedia site that offers its searchable encyclopedia, dictionary and other information for free is Fact Monster. Additionally, Encyclopaedia Britannica Kids offers its services online by subscription membership.
Quality Family Time and Education at Home
For exceptional value for the time adults and children can spend family time together exploring facts and fascinating and useful information. The encyclopedia books are excellent for reading time and homework help, and the kids’ website give homework help. The websites are useful and fun places for adults and children to search together. With interested and enthused adult attention to encyclopedias, kids can grow up valuing the information they can find in these fine resources.