This page contains a collection of online resources to use with students in the first 3 years of school. They provide a range of educational opportunities that will be engaging and “these things ARE fun and fun IS good!”
ON LINE STORIES
There are lots of great sites that have free books that you can use with kids. They could be used for reading group activities or as shared reading on an interactive whiteboard. Suitable for readers from the very young onwards many include voices, read along and games. Here are 4 to try:
Is a wonderful site for young readers and features many books from digitised classics to specifically created stories. Great for read-along activities and it highlights the words read. It is available for use on computers or as an app for the Ipad or smart phone.To make it even more interesting you can even personalise the audio on some of the books.
TumbleBooks are brilliant. They are animated picture story books that feature fantastic telling of the stories and sound effects. You can read with or without the “talking” and there are games and all sorts of activities related to the book. TumbleBooks is available on line where you can access some books for free at their website but to get maximum benefit you need to pay to join up. However Hume Library can help. If you go through their site you can access all the TumbleBooks wonderful resources FREE.
This is a BRILLIANT site. There are lots of well-known stories here read by members of the American Screen Actors Guild. Including Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox, read by Bradley Whitfield (from West Wing)
An extensive collection of books animated and narrated. My favourite is “The Kings Breakfast” by A.A.Milne
CREATING YOUR OWN STORIES
This is pretty amazing. It has lots of stories almost part written, children are scaffolded to complete them by selecting images, characters etc to complete the tale. Sort of a chose your own adventure.
This is a really special site. It’s like walking through an exhibition of sounds. A wonderful way to enhance the listening skills of your young students
DRAWING & CREATIVITY
Great simple drawing site. You can’t save or export the pictures but you can print them out.
Fantastic drawing site with lots of backgrounds and special effects that are easy to add.
- Make artwork (even if you aren’t good at drawing!)
- Make an animated movie (really! it’s easy!)
- Earn Koins which you can trade for fun things in the Kerpoof Store
- Make a printed card, t-shirt, or mug
- Tell a story
- Make a drawing
- Vote on the movies, stories, and drawings that other people have made”
Well worth checking out.