I don't, but my sister does and her kids love this website and I think it's good for them, thought I'd pass it along:
Beat the Doldrums Online With Your Kids
Lions, Tigers and Bears… Oh my! Nothing short lived or less than
edutaining on the Totem Safari pages at AnimalTribe.com. These are just
a few of the animal friends who gather as one tribe on the menu eager
to teach children about animal totems and native wisdom.
The inspiration and insightful children’s writing of author, Ariadne
Green, combine with the design ‘know how’ of Kimberly Miller,
elementary school teacher turned webmaster to put AnimalTribe at the
top of the list of ‘more than just fun’ children’s sites this summer.
The site offers countless pages of meaningful reading about animal
wisdom and enough interactivity to delight all ages, turning a rainy
day or Sunday afternoon with the kids into a family tribal adventure.
Kids beat a native drum and like magic are greeted by a random
animal friend, one who might give such advice as “Give TLC bear hugs to
your friends” or “Stop letting others drag you around by a leash’”.
The animal totem friend then points them to navigate and read some
thought-full lessons as to how to apply animal wisdom into just about
every situation. There are even complete directions for creating an
AnimalTribe totem pole.
Green says that the lessons on the site are meant to teach children
to value their own innate connection to the animal kingdom, upholding a
view and philosophy held by indigenous cultures around the world.
Native Americans, Hawaiians and Australian Aboriginals, for example,
refer to animals as their relations, even brother and sister,
demonstrating an intimate bond and way of honoring the animals that
lived amongst them.
“Kids in the city have animals that guide them through their dreams
just as often as those living on an Indian reservation”, says Green.
“My wish is to help parents and teachers understand and appreciate this
innate intelligence and to address their children’s need for reading
material and online experiences that are relevant to their emotional
The site was launched on Earth Day in conjunction with an event at
Pacific Whale Foundation of the Pacific on Maui, Hawaii and has drawn
interest from as far as the Gold and Sunshine Coasts of Australia.
Kidsites.org described it as “authentic, interactive and well written”.
Visiting this child safe site is a must for parents and teachers who
want their children to learn more then just a few facts about animal
behaviors and habitats. The site is accessed at http://www.animaltribe.com
as well as from the lists of many of the kid
link sites and search engines on the net.
Ariadne Green, dream educator and author of several books including
Ariadne’s Book of Dreams, Warner Books 2001 and Dream Analysis For
Kids, B&B Marketing Inc., has her eye on AnimalTribe’s future. She
plans to develop the site a bit more to include more interactivity and
hopes to eventually produce a CD Rom of the expanded version of the
curriculum through grants. For now, she is looking for Godparent types
to take the site to the next level financially, artistically, and
interactively. For those who may wish to join the Animaltribe team
with their talents, Ariadne can be contacted on Maui at (808) 669-9108
or by email at: email@example.com.