Explore. Imagine. Laugh. Share. Create. Learn. Smile. Grow.
Welcome to Wonderopolis®, a place where natural curiosity and imagination lead to exploration and discovery in learners of all ages. Brought to life by the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), our Wonders of the Day® will help you find learning moments in everyday life—ones that fit in with dinner preparations, carpool responsibilities, a stolen moment between breakfast and the bus, or within school curriculum and education programs.
Wonder is for everyone. It can happen anywhere and at anytime. Connecting the learning we do in our schools, our homes, and our communities, Wonderopolis walks the line between formal and informal education. Each day, we pose an intriguing question and explore it in a variety of ways. Our approach both informs and encourages new questions, sparking new paths of wonder and discovery in family and classroom settings.
Wonderopolis is generously supported by funding from the Verizon Foundation, and we are a proud Content Partner of its Thinkfinity Community. A free online professional learning community, Thinkfinity provides access to over 60,000 educators and experts in curriculum enhancement, along with thousands of award-winning digital resources for K-12—aligned to state standards and the common core. Here, educators connect and collaborate through themed groups, blogs and discussions, sharing resources, and best practices that support 21st century teaching and learning.
Since our inception in October 2010, Wonderopolis has been lauded for our fresh approach to wonder and learning. Some of our awards and recognition include:
- TIME magazine’s “50 Top Websites of 2011”
- Parenting.com “Best Kids’ App”
- EdSurge featured School Tool
- WOMMY winner (2011)
- USA Today 4-star rating
- TIME Techland Technologizer endorsement of the Wonderopolis app
- Winner of Learning Magazine Teacher’s Choice Award for the Family
With multi-disciplinary content that purposefully aligns to Common Core State Standards (CCSS), the STEM Educational Quality Framework, and Bloom’s Digital Taxonomy, we’ve earned a place in K-12 curriculum and in classrooms worldwide. Teachers can use the daily Wonder to jumpstart their students’ critical thinking, or dip into our ever-growing collection of Wonders for content that relates to specific themes and student interests. The possibilities for using Wonderopolis in the classroom are endless, and we invite you to find firsthand accounts and additional resources in the Educator Sandbox.
Children, parents, teachers, schools, and families all benefit from Wonderopolis—as well as contribute to its content and growth. Supporting 21st century communication and digital citizenship, visitors who leave comments on the site receive personalized responses from the Wonderopolis team. Users are encouraged to nominate their own Wonders and to vote on Wonder ideas from others.
Our community is a vital part of Wonderopolis, and we invite you to share the Wonder with your networks by downloading our widget. We also value collaboration and are open to partnerships on many levels. If you have comments about the site or ideas about partnership opportunities, please email us here.
Additional funding for Wonderopolis is provided by Better World Books, Humana Foundation, PNC, and Toyota. Support at any level is welcomed from individuals, corporations, and foundations. If you would like to grow Wonder and education for learners everywhere, please click here.
Founded in 1989 and based in Louisville, Kentucky, the National Center for Families Learning is the worldwide leader in family literacy. More than one million families have made positive educational and economic gains as a result of NCFL’s work, which includes training more than 150,000 teachers and thousands of volunteers. Visit www.familieslearning.org for more information.