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Learning Games for Kids

17 Jun

This website, Learning Games for Kids, has quite a variety of free games and videos covering all subject areas.  The games are fairly simple and easy to play, and focus on basic skills.  They even have keyboarding skill games to help children improve typing skills.

Learning Planet

16 Jun

Well, summer time is here, and I’m on the hunt for some fun, free websites for the kiddos to play/learn on.  Learning Planet has some fun, cute games that are very learning oriented.  There is a subscription area for teachers that can be set up and individualized for students.  I also found a section titled “worksheets” that currently has pdf files for a min-book.

Starfall

15 Jun

If you’ve been around a classroom for long, you’ve probably heard of this website.  Starfall is a great website for beginning readers, and they are working on adding more for kids who are more proficient.  It is a great website, with interactive books for children, developed to focus on phonics skills while keeping things fun.  There are also games, printable books, and other interactive activities, all with the focus of keeping learning fun!

The Reading Lady

4 Jun

This website, The Reading Lady, is written by Nationally Board Certified teacher/reading coach, Laura Kump.  What appealed to me most as a teacher, was the documents section.  She has free, downloadable lesson plans, posters, charts and other items that provide fantastic guides for targeting reading and writing strategies.

Rockford’s Rock Opera

4 Jun

Rockford’s Rock Opera is an interesting website I stumbled upon.  I have to be honest… it took help from my 7-year-old for me to really understand how great this website is.  I’m not even sure how to describe it.  It is an interactive story.  There is music.  There is a message about extinction and taking care of our planet.  Definitely worth checking out!

A wealth of handouts from Iowa State University

2 Jun

This website from Iowa State University has been a go to place for me to print off great information for parents.  This website has a wealth of fantastic PDF handouts, most of which are free.  The handouts cover the topic areas of child development, from birth through 11 years.  In addition, many other topics are covered including biting, discipline, sleep, language development, self-esteem, sibling rivalry, and on and on.

Carl’s Corner… Helping Struggling Readers

2 Jun

While taking a class on helping struggling readers, a classmate came upon the website, self titled Carl’s Corner.   This website is a fantastic resource for any teacher, parent, or anyone who works with children with difficulties in some area of learning. I particularly like the section on intervention, but the whole website is worth browsing.  Don’t miss the downloadable booklet on instructional intervention.  This website is so chock full of fantastic information that I still haven’t gone through it all!