Elementary School

Media Center

Yes, we at Holland Christian emphasize technology and using it well in a quality Christian education. But we also love reading, and love reading from actual books.

We recognize that the gift of language is from our God, Who revealed Himself to us as the Word. We promote delight in language and word play, in reading and discovery of God’s big world through reading. Each of our elementary schools houses a media center, or library, at the heart of its building, so students are able to check out books to supplement regular classroom books and reading. Furthermore, we’ve found that our emphasis on reading and student literacy through turning pages helps develop higher levels of focus and concentration, and that visiting the library space regularly shows students the joy of reading.

Elementary School Media Links

Facts 4 Me Search Engine

Login: rosepark; Password: facts2me
Login: ssstudent; Password: ssstudent

Do you have a library card for our local public libraries?
Herrick District Library: Main
Herrick District Library: North
Howard Miller Library: Zeeland

Birthday Books!

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Research for young learners:
Animals & social studies

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Online Resources

Bible

  • Bible Gateway: A tool for reading and researching scripture online in the language or translation of your choice. Provides advanced searching capabilities based on keywords or scripture references, and various tools to enhance your study of the Bible.
  • BiblePlaces.com features photographs and descriptions of sites in Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Turkey, and Greece with an emphasis on biblical archaeology, geography, and history.
  • Kids Corner: Site for kids from “The Back to God Hour” Bible stories, devotions, memory verses, quizzes, and more.

Biographical Sites

Book Lists & Reviews

Sites with suggested reading lists and information about books:

Games & Sites for Kids

  • ABC Ya!: Educational computer games and activities for elementary students.
  • Book Adventure: Free reading motivation program in which students earn points by reading books and taking online quizzes. Registration is required.
  • Brain Pop: Educational games, video clips, and quizzes for students. Full use of site requires membership. Rose Park has a membership: User name: ilikediane; Password: popbrain
  • Chateau Meddybemps: Activities to help young children strengthen learning skills in unique and playful ways.
  • Enchanted Learning: Games, information, and activity pages.
  • FunBrain: Kids games with parent and teacher resources.
  • Kids Corner: Site for kids from “The Back to God Hour.”
  • ON-LION for Kids: Links to recommended books, magazines, authors and illustrator sites from the New York Public Library.
  • Quiz-tree.com: Math, reading, language, and geography games.

Health

  • KidsHealth: A searchable health site for parents, kids, and teens.

Authors & Illustrators

Language Arts

Library Media

Magazines

  • American Girl: Some activities available without subscribing to the magazine.
  • National Geographic for Kids
  • Owlkids Online: Includes CHIRP, CHICKADEE, and OWL. Some activities available without subscribing to the magazines.
  • Sesame Street: Early learning concepts are featured via stories, poems, and activities with Bert, Ernie, and other Sesame Street Characters. The website connects to Sesame Workshop pages for parents and kids.
  • Spigot: Online science magazine for kids and classrooms.
  • Sports Illustrated for Kids: Complete site access requires registration. The Web version mirrors the print edition while capitalizing on the magazine’s interactive appeal.
  • Time for Kids

Math

  • A+Math.com: Practice math on this interactive site.
  • Illuminations: Math activities, games, and lessons designed by National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Search by grade level, operations, standards.
  • IXL Math: Games and exercises for math practice at all levels.
  • Math Magician: Practice math facts; set your own level and kind of problems.
  • Mr. Maffesoli’s Math: Math links for students, guidance for parents, and standards based resources for teachers.
  • Mr. Nussbaum’s Math: Dozens of math games! Have fun, practice math skills.
  • Multiplication.com: Play games to build multiplication speed. Choose by fact families and level of difficulty.

Music

  • Music Theory: Begin your journey into the realm of music.
  • New York Philharmonic Kidzone: Fun, kid-friendly site. Learn about instruments, composers, conductors, and more. Compose your own music, invent your own instrument. Play games.

Parent Resources

  • Children’s Book Reviews: Good books for kids. Carol Hurst’s site searchable by grade level, title or author.
  • Notable Children’s Digital Media: Real-time, dynamic, and interactive media content for children 14 years of age and younger that enables and encourages active engagement and social interaction while informing, educating, and entertaining in exemplary ways.  From American Library Association.
  • SafeKids.com: Your family’s guide to making technology fun, safe and productive.
  • Trelease-on-Reading.com: Jim Trelease’s site is aimed at anyone who is interested in reading aloud to children of all ages.

Reading Resources

  • Children’s Book Reviews: Good books for kids. Carol Hurst’s site searchable by grade level, title or author.
  • Notable Children’s Digital Media: Real-time, dynamic, and interactive media content for children 14 years of age and younger that enables and encourages active engagement and social interaction while informing, educating, and entertaining in exemplary ways. From American Library Association.
  • SafeKids.com: A guide to making technology fun, safe, and productive.
  • Trelease-on-Reading.com: Jim Trelease’s site is aimed at anyone who is interested in reading aloud to children of all ages.

Reference Sites

Research Sites

Science

Social Studies

Spanish

Teacher Resources

  • ABC teach
  • DLTK’S Printable Crafts for Kids
  • Education World: The Educators best friend.
  • Educator’s Lesson Plans: Through The Educator’s Reference Desk you can access AskERIC’s 2,000+ lesson plans, 3,000+ links to online education information, and 200+ question archive responses.
  • Enchanted Learning: Access additional resources by entering our user name and password.
  • Internet4classrooms: Helping teachers teach internet use effectively.
  • A Kid’s Heart: Crafts, clip art, ideas for teaching young children with a Christian perspective.
  • PBS Teacher Source: One-stop shop for PBS educational resources for K-12 classrooms.
  • Puzzlemaker.com: A puzzle generation tool from Discovery for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, crossword and math puzzles using your word lists.
  • Scholastic for Teachers: Free tools and resources for classrooms.
  • Shaped: Houghton Mifflin’s page with free teaching resources, including fun classroom activities, lessons, downloadables, and videos for K–12 students.

Need more help?

Holland Christian Media Center staff are available to answer any questions, as well as to encourage an enthusiastic exploration of God’s world through reading and research, “equipping minds and nurturing hearts to transform the world for Jesus Christ.”

Email Mrs. Hofman, Elementary Media Specialist