Like we said in our blog last week, learning to read is a lot of work, but “work” is the last thing we want our students to associate with reading! In our experience, interactives and reading animation games are some of the best tools for engaging beginning readers and turning “work” into a fun and effective activity.
If you’re looking for a few ways to engage your beginning readers, check out the five websites below.
Bitesize Literacy is a BBC resource jam-packed with interactive literacy, math and science games for Key Stage 1 students (KS1 is a phase of primary education students between the ages of five and seven in England, or six to eight in Northern Ireland). Since literacy is our business, we’re particularly fond of the phonics, rhyming, alphabet, spelling and punctuation games—and so are our students!
Leading to Reading is the largest children’s literacy nonprofit in the United States. In addition to the interactive games, LTR provides free reading resources including booklists, articles for parents and teachers, easy-to-read guides offering tips for reading with preschoolers and multi-cultural literacy resources.
ABC Fast Phonics is a free tutorial that uses cartoons and sounds with audio narration and clickable words to teach, you guessed it, phonics!
PBS Kids is a site funded by a Ready to Learn grant from the United States Department of Education. Here’s their mission: to develop television programs, exciting games, playful Web sites, and easy-to-use learning resources for kids, parents, caregivers, and teachers—all with the goal of helping children ages two to eight get ready to read.
Interactive Sites for Education is home to a wide variety of literacy games that cover ABC’s, capitalization, grammar, poetry, vocabulary, spelling and much more!