First School Years

9 Jun

This website, First School Years,  is a fantastic resource!!  It covers all areas of the curriculum.  I found it while searching for language arts/phonics resources, but every time I click into a new area I find more valuable information.   The literacy area is worth spending some time browsing.  There are general resources, and then more sections broken up into word, sentence, and text levels.  Each area is crammed full of resources, assessments, worksheets, and information.  All free… LOVE the free stuff!

On the side bar, you will find all other subjects, including fantastic information for math.  This will be one you’ll be adding to your favorites for sure.

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!

Whizzball!!

2 Jun

Discovery Kids has a great little game on their website that encourages creativity, problem solving, and even some simple physics concepts.  Whizzball is an addictive game, fun for children and adults alike!  You can play games that others have created, or create your own and add it to the lineup for others to play.  Best for intermediate ages and up.

Mirror Mirror: A Book of Reversible Verse by Marilyn Singer

2 Jun

Poetry, fairy tales, and a unique twist!  This book of poems, based on popular fairy tales and their characters, intrigued me immediately.  Each poem is written in two directions.  Read down for one take on a character or situation, and then the poem is flipped for you, giving a totally different perspective on the same subject matter.  For example, using all the same words in a different order, she delivers two poems about the tale of Goldilocks.  The first one is from Goldilocks’ perspective, claiming that the bears left the door unlocked and weren’t home, and she’d meant no harm.  The second describes the distressing scene the bears found in their own home after Goldilocks made her notorious visit.  Quite clever!