PebbleGo for young learners

August 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Kids, News

We’re never too old, or too young, to learn.

Here at the library, we like to encourage learning at any age, and we are excited to offer resources to make that easy, and fun, for everyone. Many of those resources are online, in the form of more than 50 electronic databases that cover everything from learning languages, to researching how to start a business, to getting live help with your homework.

One group we haven’t been able to offer much in the way of online resources, before now, was the emergent reader – those kids in pre- kindergarten through third grade just starting their reading and research.

PebbleGo is a great, new, free addition to BCPL’s internet branch. The colorful, fun database features text and navigation specially designed for beginning researchers. It is enriched with spoken-word audio, text highlighting, and audio and video clips.

Want to learn more about the humpback whale or tarantula? PebbleGo Animals can tell you all about them, including where they live and how they behave. Are you curious about volcanoes or the phases of the moon? Then PebbleGo Earth & Space is the place you want to look.

PegbbleGo also has a section on Social Studies, to teach young learners about the world around them, and a newly expanded Biographies section, which includes articles on all the U.S. presidents, inventors, explorers and more.

Research skills are important throughout life, but especially at a young age. Youngsters have a natural curiosity about the world, and are excited to learn new information. PebbleGo promotes multimodal  learning, a method that employs text, pictures, sound and video.

Learners retain information better when the information is presented in several formats – not just in words or pictures alone. As technology advances – which it seems to do on a daily basis – students become savvier at knowing the many modes that help them to learn, and multimodal learning becomes more prevalent.

PebbleGo is one of the first learning  programs designed for the youngest of learners. And we are proud to be able to offer it to library patrons.

As with all our online resources, all you need is your library card to get started. PebbleGo can be found under the “Resources for Kids” heading of our youth services section. Just click here.


Leigh Scaggs

About Leigh Scaggs

A long time supporter of digital emancipation and proclaimer of obfuscatory testaments, I have been a proud supporter of bits and bytes for nearly 20 years. With that much chronological highway behind me I'm cognizant enough of the fact that advancing age does kill brain cells and observant enough to notice that it's only killing the weak ones.

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