Literacy Websites for Use at Home

The following list of literacy websites recommended for use in the home or school contains but a few of the hundreds of sites that are available to support literacy development by undertaking a search on the internet.

Stories to Read Online

Children's Storybooks Online - Magic Keys

www.magickeys.com/books/

Many wonderful, free, illustrated, children’s books and stories for kids of all ages are available to read at Children's Storybooks Online.

East of the Web

http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/childrenindex.html

Welcome to the children short story section at east of the web. Find this month's featured stories. You can browse the children library by subgenre or search it for a title, author or keyword. Clicking on an author's name lists all their stories along with further information and links. Stories can be read online, printed or downloaded for reading offline or on handheld devices.

Popular Children's Stories - Online Short Stories For Kids

www.popularchildrenstories.com/

Indulge in a world of adventure, fun and excitement  through numerous stories ranging from animal adventures and fairy tales to educational and Christmas stories. 

Storyline Online - Where Reading Is Fun!

www.storylineonline.net/

Streaming video program featuring famous people reading children's books aloud.

Listen to and follow the illustrations along as stories are read.

Literacy Websites

 

Literacy Games and Activities

Primary Games: Free Games and Videos for Kids

www.primarygames.com/

Primary Games has free arcade and learning games for kids and teens featuring the best action, adventure, sports, and racing games as well as educational reading and maths games. Scroll down the homepage to locate the games category of your choice.

Woodlands Resources

http://resources.woodlands-junior.kent.sch.uk/literacy/ 

Interactive literacy games and activities

Room 108

www.netrover.com/~kingskid/

Room 108 is a Primary Education site for children and teachers. There are over 1900 pages of kids games and teacher resources for children’s learning – spelling, grammar, writing, language arts, phonics, sight words, graphic organisers

Literacy games - Literacy Sites

www.literacysites.com/litgames.htm

Online literacy games for kids, labelled "easy", "very easy", etc.

Copacabana Public School

http://www.copacabana-ps.com/class-resources.html

Resources for students, teachers and parents – dozens of useful links and activities

BBC - Learning: online learning resources

www.bbc.co.uk/learning/

Learning resources for adults, children, parents and teachers: find online courses, video clips, educational games and revision activities.

(Note: this page has been archived and is no longer updated but continues to contain dozens of links to educational resources and activities)

NeoK12

www.neok12.com/

Learn about Science, Maths, Social Studies and English with interesting videos, quiz games, interactive diagrams, activities and presentations for kids K-12 at NeoK12.

ReadWriteThink

www.readwritethink.org/

Providing teachers, students and parents with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction – supported by the International Reading Association.

SparkleBox

www.sparklebox.co.uk/

1000s of FREE resources for Early Years and Primary School teachers, students and parents – just browse, download and print for free.

KidsKnowIt – The Totally Free Children’s Learning Network

www.kidsknowit.com/

Our Mission is to provide the highest quality educational activities, products, movies, music, games, articles, text books, learning programs, lesson plans, worksheets, and distribute them Completely Free of Charge

Grammar Ninja - Greg Lieberman  

www.kwarp.com/portfolio/grammarninja.html

Grammar Ninja is a game made by a high school student and supervised by a high school English teacher. This is not meant to be a professional effort (but it is) and kids love playing it.

Crickweb

www.crickweb.co.uk/

Hundreds of free online education resources and games.

Kidspot Australia - Parenting site and pregnancy resource ...

www.kidspot.com.au/

Kidspot Australia - Find baby and kids’ activities (click on the link Things To Do), pregnancy and parenting information, toddler tips, advice and community FREE.

Kids Activities Learning Games

www.kids-activities-learning-games.com/

Kids' learning games and activities to inspire learning - create passionate learners with love and fun.

Scholastic StoryStarters

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/story-starters/  

A free, interactive literacy website on which children can choose a story starters theme (adventure, fantasy, sci-fi, or scrambler), sign in, then press each button and the wheels will spin to allow them to choose:

  • the type of story
  • a description for the character
  • a character
  • a scenario for the story

eg  Describe a very unusual day for a snoopy explorer who blasts tunnels underground

They can change each of the parts by pressing the buttons again until they are happy with the combination and then write their own story (they do not write it on the website)

Poetry for Kids 

http://www.poetry4kids.com/blog/lessons/poetry-dictionary-for-kids/

This literacy website contains  a dictionary of different types of poetry and the poetic devices that poets use so children and older students can use them in their writing too.

Young Writers 

https://www.youngwriters.co.uk/glossary-poetry-types

This website contains a description and examples of 33 types of poems. Children and older students who are interested in writing poetry will find this resource invaluable.

 

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Shirley Fuller PSM

Shirley Fuller is passionate about improving the learning outcomes of students from preschool to Year 12 and beyond. Her experience includes secondary mathematics, science and physical education teaching, primary teaching in all subjects, librarianship and resource centre coordination, tutoring students in mathematics at secondary level and in preparation for some university courses.

She holds a Public Service Medal for her contributions to education.

Shirley has written a comprehensive Guide for Parents to help support children’s literacy in the home and social environment.

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