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Literacy Websites for Fun and Learning

 

literacy tips

 

The Tumble Books Collection

 

Absolutely amazing for you to visit with your child. For the love of reading, please visit these two wonderful sites by clicking the titles or the links right below: 

 

Tumble Books Library

 

http://asp.tumblebooks.com/Home.aspx?categoryID=13

 

Tumble Cloud

 

http://www.tumblebookcloud.com/Home.aspx

 

 

1.  Dial a Story (Toronto Public Library) ... www.tpl.ca/dial-a-story
Dial-A-Story is exactly what it sounds like. You call a number, enter the age of the child and choose between stories offered in 15 different languages.
 
As an educational tool for furthering your child’s ability in another language, I think it might be a great resource, however as a substitute for a parent absolutely not. There’s something special about your child seeing the words as you read them and pointing at the pictures that can’t be replaced.
 
2.  Handwriting without Tears ... http://www.hwtears.com/hwt
 
 
4.  Funology – The Science of Having Fun ... http://www.funology.com/
 
Room 108 is a Primary Education Site for Students and Teachers. There are over 1900 pages of Kids Games and Teacher Resources for children learning. A great resource for Grade One and Kindergarten Games! Click for a site directory. Lots of Free Worksheets and Free Educational Resources for kids in Elementary Schools.
 
6.  Ramo Games ... http://www.ramogames.com/
 
7.  Story Online ... http://www.storylineonline.net/
The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) makes this site possible ... you've got famous people reading story books to kids.  The stories are good and the reading is fun for kids.  Close to 20 books now available for kids to click and follow along. 
 
8.  Spelling City ... http://www.spellingcity.com/
The SpellingCity website has over 42,000 words with customizable sentences and definitions ... Have fun!
 
9.  Fractured Fairytales ... www.youtube.com
  Type in the search bar: Fractured Fairytales – familiar fairytales with a twist!
Presentation Software that is FREE for all to use ... better than PowerPoint and easy enough for an 8 year old to use.
 
11.  Television Tunes ... http://www.televisiontunes.com/
Do you want to have some fun remembering the good old days ... well, do it with your kids.  Go to the website and hear all-time favourite theme songs (good quality not midi) and challenge your kids to figure them out.  You can also be challenged to figure the latest TV Tunes.
 
12.  ABCMouse ...  www.abcmouse.com
Six Academic Levels - The Step-by-Step Learning Path presents the full ABCmouse.com curriculum in a carefully designed program of more than 450 lessons in six levels. As your child completes each lesson, he or she is guided to the next one and is motivated to continue learning by ABCmouse.com’s Tickets and Rewards System.
You get the first month free and then it's about $8 per month. Fantastic site and very easy for parents to use (and teachers too)
 
13.  Storybird – Artful Storytelling ... http://storybird.com/
Storybirds are short, art-inspired stories you make to share, read, and print. Read them like books, play them like games, and send them like greeting cards. They're curiously fun. You can embed them in a blog or wiki ... you can even make them into books (you pay for this feature). All in all, the website gives you tutorials on how to sign-up, setup a class, use the program, and produce good looking stories.
 
14.  International Children’s Digital Library ... http://en.childrenslibrary.org/
Provides free access to children's books from around the world. The ICDL collection includes 4469 books in 55 languages.
 
15.  Brampton Public Library .... A Great Site with Many Choices of Books - FREE

 

 
16.  Starfall’s Learn to Read ... http://www.starfall.com/

 

A great website ... started in 2002 as a free public service to motivate children to read using phonics (and phonemic awareness). This site is perfect for pre-school, JK, SK, grades 1, 2, and even English language development (ESL, ELL). It's easy enough for teachers or parents to get on the site and start to use it right away. Your kids will like it too. Shhh,  don't tell them they're reading.
 
An online collection of read-along picture books for preschool and elementary school children and their families. Features adjustable online text and complete audio narration. Sentences are highlighted as they are being read and the pages can turn automatically.
 
Visit the site and have your reader listen to and interact with an online reading of a book ... Lots of classics, versions of well-known stories, and newly written stories to choose from. 
 
19.  Reading Games – Flash Learning for K-3 ... http://www.mrcpl.org/literacy/lessons/sight/index.html
Learn Dolch Sight Words: Try these Macromedia Flash Learning Games ... Brought to you by the Mansfield/Richland County Public Library - They have provided this easy-to-use site for students and teachers.  The focus is on READING ... Students can play various games like MATCHING, SENTENCE BUILDING, SIGHT WORD STORIES, PICTURE WORDS, and CREATE A STORY.  This is an interactive site that young students will have fun and learn.
 
20.  The Literacy Centre – Early Childhood ...
A collection of early reading games (interactive/web based) for early literacy    development (K-1). Very easy to use and havesuccess in your learning.
 

 

21.  Play Kids Games ... http://www.playkidsgames.com/
Play Kids Games provides free online kids games that are both fun and educational. Aimed at ages pre-K through grade 6, Play Kids Games offers kids a safe environment to discover their abilities and learn new skills with interactive and fun computer games. The games build skills in math, logic, memory, vocabulary, alphabet, spelling, geography, computer skills, color identification, shape identification and other various problem solving.

 


This website's commitment to parents, teachers, and kids, is to connect learning and skill building with a sense of challenge, fun, and self esteem. From the fun of "Alphabet Whack-a-Mole" to the skill building "Math Fact Practice", the hope is that PlayKidsGames.com will be a part of our future generation's ongoing experience and development.

Create vocabulary lists and math problems for pinball or word lists for word search. Your vocabulary lists will automatically show in Word Find as well. It is easy! Just create a login, add your class page detail, and create lists! Your lists will automatically show up in the games!
 
22.  Literactive – Teaching Children to Read ... http://www.literactive.com/Home/index.asp
Literactive is one of the leading providers of reading material for pre-school, kindergarten and grade 1 students available online. The program is comprised of carefully levelled guided readers, comprehensive phonic activities and a wealth of supplemental reading material which gradually develop a child's reading skills in a sequential and enjoyable manner. All the material is available for free from this site but you need to register. You can select activities focussing on ... PHONICS, GUIDED READING, READING SKILLS ACTIVITIES, E-POETRY, E-PICTURE BOOKS (independent reading), BLMs to download and even ESL (Spanish). Teachers can use the site in the classroom and even provide link to parents.
 
23.  Children’s Story Books Online ... http://www.magickeys.com/books/
Here are more ebooks and online reading ... More books, more fun, more learning (shhh, don't say this too loud). Some books you just read by yourself while others have accompanying audio. Fabulous for primary kids and the young at heart.
24.  FunBrain ... http://www.funbrain.com/
This is just that, Fun for your brain! And these "games" are not just for the little kids. This site includes fun engaging activities that even an eighth grader would like ... okay, I even had some fun on this site! Funbrain offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy. As an added attraction, kids can read a variety of popular books and comics on the site, including Diary of a Wimpy Kid, and Amelia.
 
25.  PhotoFunia ... www.photofunia.com
This is a fantastic website to use.  It just keeps getting better and better all the time.  You can make amazing things happen to plain old pictures. Check it out and keep an eye on the time as you will be doing this stuff for hours and before you know it, it's tomorrow.  Create and re-create for hours of fun and learning!
 
Available for all parents and children to access and use all summer long.  Also, it is there for all teachers all year long too.  Click the pictures to take you to the interactive site.
 
27.  Guys Read ... http://www.guysread.com/
A web-based literacy program for boys. Their mission is to help boys become self-motivated and  lifelong readers. The site offers a list of books recommended by the webmaster, children's author Jon Sczieska, and other visitors to the website.  
 

 

A must-see ... these videos are not just for entertainment, but for educational purposes for teachers and for families alike.  They can make you think twice about STUFF in your life and how you live and what you can do so that your life is not ruled by all that STUFF!
 
29.  Waterford Literacy Labs

 

We’re not going to re-invent the wheel; Here are some very useful links from Waterford School (Wisconsin, USA).  These are fantastic websites for use at home and in the classroom. The actual site is organized by grade ... Go to the grade you want and click it or click the link below.
 
For more grades, up to Grade 8, click on:
 
30.  More Fun Websites to Visit ... Shhhh,  they’re educational!

  

www.primarygames.com                                                                                          

www.seussville.com

www.pbs.com                                                                                                                   
www.abcya.com                 
www.bbc.co.uk/schools/typing                                                                                
www.thekidzpage.com                                                                                                    
http://kidsspace.torontopubliclibrary.ca/                                                          
www.kbears.com                                                                 
www.learningenglish.org.uk                                                                  www.cbc.ca/kids                                                 
www.kids.discovery.com                                                                                       
 
These are two online DOS games from the 1980s and 1990s – Fantastic and worth going to right now!
We’ve held out on you …. Now, here are some of our best and most recommended websites …
 
Mighty Book – This website has great, animated stories for kids to listen to.  This is also a great way to expose students to quality read alouds – perfect for ESL students and low income families who may not have access to English books being read aloud.
 
Between the Lions – This website is based on the PBS show Between the Lions.  It has great stories, with the words underneath.  for students to watch.  There are also games based on these stories.
http://pbskids.org/lions/
 
Bitesize – This UK based website has fabulous reading games and lessons on a variety of topic.  The KeyStage 1 site has lessons on phonics, spelling, alphabetical order, and rhyming words.  The KeyStage 2 site has lessons on deductions, poetry, dictionary and finding information.  
 
We Give Books – This website is owned by Pearson Foundation, and has hundreds of e-books available for kids to read for free.  In addition, the foundation donates books to kids in need around the world for all of your time spent on this site.  You can sort the books by content and age appropriateness. 
 
Andersen’s Fairy Tales – This website has links to Hans Christian Andersen fairy tales, games about the tales and information about the author himself.
 
Time for Kids - Real life reading is the most important type of reading.  Time for Kids provides kids with reading about today’s current events.  There are real life articles on topics that interest children.
Reading Planet – Kids Books’ Authors – This website gives information about all of the best kids’ authors and illustrators.  The information is written in interview format, which is a great for introducing kids to different reading formats.
 
Giggle Poetry – Read and Rate This site has hundreds of poems for kids to read and rate.  It’s a great way to get kids excited about reading!
 
Elementary Place – This website has many topics that interest kids.  For each topic, there is a story where kids get to make the decisions, there is also an activity and a list of books about that topic.
 
A Parent Guide to reading and writing with your child: 
 
Ministry of Education-Ontario:
 
Ministry Of Education Podcasts:
The Ministry of Education together with the Literacy and Numeracy Secretariat has produced a series of video podcasts that support your child’s learning.
 
Recommended Websites for Parents:
 
Summer Literacy Activities:
 
Motivating Boys to Read:
 
Tips to Encourage Reading as a Family:
 
Nurturing the Love of Literacy:
 
Top 10 Reading Websites for Elementary Students:
 
Top 10 Writing Websites for Elementary Students: