Mommatown is an interconnected community of custom websites, offering these educational features:
Home School Kids
Make and sell crafts (WeSchool) Post your local kid-biz (WeSchool)
Participate in -
– Writing Contests
– Game Challenges
– Drawing Contests
– Writing Contests
– Win Prizes
– Write "How To"s for fun
– Make something and sell it
Access free on-line materials
Suggest activities or games you'd like to see on Mommatown to help you learn
Registration / membership is freeLEARN MORE, KIDS
– Educational Games
– Educational Non Fiction
– Math Practice Drills
– English Skill Drills
– Learn Entrepreneurial Skills
– Learn to Budget
Home School Orgs
Define your org group by
creating an org home page on WeSchool,
invite others to your page,
meeting and event
Offer your org to relevant opted-in users using WeSchool's free reachout-tool
Link to your already-existing blog, site, forum, meetup, twitter, facebook or other social account, so that WeSchool parents can find you out on the web
Use our on-line tools, such as Book-Fair registration or other event registration
Suggest tools you'd like to see on Mommatown to help you manage
Registration / Org management & membership is freeLEARN MORE, ORGS
About Mommatown & WeSchool
Kids who are able to acquire computer skills are highly prized in the average workplace. I remember just having a few beginner skills learned from public high school made me the manager's right hand gal in one of the first jobs I had, a museum gift shop. I was able to create Word documents for her and tally product up in an Excel spreadsheet, and being able to do these things raised my 20 something self in her esteem as a valuable assistant. I loved office work, and I realized that I loved being paid to be on a computer.
The interesting thing about computer skills, whether it be using a program like Word or Excel, being able to put a simple Word Press website together, being able to change the look of a website with easier-to-learn front-end code only, or being able to create a Mommatown type site with all the deeply coded custom bells and whistles, is this: these are skills that can be obtained for free. Many higher paying jobs myself and my coworkers have had (50k - 100k range) have been obtained without
the background of any student loan debt. From helping the manager out with some simple computer skills, to creating high functioning web applications and phone apps, this field is still wide open for do-it-yourself education.
Before I learned to code web sites, I had a five year old running about the house, and I realized that I didn't have to rely on and pay others to educate my child. As time went on, I thought that maybe we could take that mentality further. Both my daughter and I applied this thinking to our self-taught careers, and we are so glad that we did.
How do you start educating your child on a computer?
At first, they just need time to tinker and get used to the mouse and keyboard. When I was a homeschool mom, I sat down at the computer, found some safe sites with no advertising and no links to other sites, sites that had fun content with educational merit. I hid the URL bar and all other tool bars so that my young daughter could have fun on the web sites, and not accidentally go to some other web site. These web sites became yet another aspect of "fun" homeschooling that made up a part of our week. It was great, she could play and learn while I took a break or got ready for the next hands-on subject.
The internet has changed since then, and it's now a huge global phenomenon. About a Bazillion not-safe-for-kids sites have sprung up. From virus attacks, to predators, it is harder now to do what I did for my young daughter many years ago: to provide an opportunity to explore and create and play on the web using sites with educational merit. Not only can some sites be dangerous, but even the "safe" ones have many ads nowadays, and those ads when clicked on, lead the child to other sites, like Amazon or other very globally active sites where everyone in the world is talking and selling, which is fine for an adult, just not a good place for a young child to be perusing. I just tested this out, went to one of the largest kids' sites known, and in two clicks was on Amazon! Tried again, and in two clicks I was on Youtube. Neither of these sites are safe for kids' eyes.
I want there to be an environment where a kid can go and play educational games, and learn really important computer skills, and post creative content, and be ENCOURAGED, and have FUN. And I want it to be safe. Is that too much to ask? No, I don't think it is too much to ask. So my "team" and I have made Mommatown with these goals in mind. It's free to join - free to join in on contests, games and use many other educational tools.
Almost everything here is absolutely free. We had to think about how the site would "pay" for itself, pay its own rent, and so there may be a few things that cost, such as a 99 cent Android phone app, if you choose to download it, or a small processing fee for a purchase made, if you choose to buy something on-line. Our main goal is to help kids learn important skills that they will take with them for the rest of their lives, like my daughter did, and keep them safe while they learn. We also want to give back to the homeschool movement that gave us so much. Feel free to use all the FREE goodies and tools and never download or use anything that costs. Homeschool is often a shoe-string budget way to go, I know, I did it that way too.
This site is being developed right now, you can create an account and be a very valuable beta tester soon, or use the form at top of Mommatown.net
and add your email to the list to be informed when we fully launch. Thank you for reading, and if you follow this project, thank you for being part of the Mommatown family. -Sally Gura