Welcome to Wonderopolis

Months of research determined parents were eager for resources that reflected learning in the context of daily life and real-world knowledge, created by National Center for Family Literacy (NCFL), that’s how Wonderopolis came to life.  Wonderopolis is a place where parents seek and nurture a brighter world for their children through the power of discovery, creativity, learning and imagination.  Each day, the site focuses on a clever topic, designed to immediately be put it to use by parent and child with the suggested activities, vocabulary words and enjoyable videos.  With a mission of making learning an everyday, fun family activity, Wonderopolis bottles the learning that happens all around us into the Wonder of the Day.

Perfect to keep the learning momentum going as school lets out, The Wonders of the Day help find learning moments in everyday life, ones that fit in with dinner preparations or carpool responsibilities or a stolen moment between breakfast and the bus. A few examples include:

  • Wonder #233 from May 24: Why was Morse Code invented?
  • Wonder #195 from April 16: Why are earth worms good for gardens?
  • Wonder #170 from March 22: How much water do you need to survive?
  • Wonder #138 from February 18: What was the underground railroad?
  • Wonder #135 from February 15: How much blood is in your body?
  • Wonder #77 from December 19: Why do people say “a dime a dozen”?
  • Wonder #11 from October 14: What causes a shooting star?
  • Wonder #1 from October 4: Why are flamingos pink?

NCFL just launched Camp What A Wonder,  a FREE virtual camp to engage families in wonder-filled learning while school’s not in session. I’ve been struggling to find activities to keep my kids busy this summer.  The first camp of it’s kind, Camp What a Wonder will provide exploration, adventure and discovery, without having to leave home or pay thousands of dollars in camp registration — music to my ears!  Virtual sessions will “convene” each Thursday from June 23 through August 11, when the Wonderopolis.org background will change and reveal a new weekly theme. Parents can also join in on Wonderopolis’ weekly Campfire Sessions — a one-hour opportunity for parents to gather and discuss related topics with a facilitator. The topics will focus on the same weekly themes at camp and will take place on Twitter on Thursdays at 8 p.m. ET.  Participants completing the wonder-filled camping experience will be eligible to win fun participation prizes that will uphold the Wonderopolis principle of learning through wonder.

I’m so excited!  Guess what today’s wonder is? #267 How Can You Talk Without Speaking? With the infant using sign language to communicate this is a perfect wonder for my kids to understand his way of communicating!  I just signed up to receive their daily email and can’t wait to visit Camp What a Wonder this summer with my kids! Added to my Bookmarks!

To find out more about Wonderopolis, please visit their website, sign up for their email list and get a Wonder of the Day.  You can also like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.