ABCya hooked me from the get-go with their site description - where education and technology meet. There's a lot of fun lurking here, as well as opportunities for children to develop skills. The games and activities were all developed by teachers and cover Kindergarten to Fifth Grade. Do you like the robot I designed in Make a Robot? (picture at left.) There are stories to read, math games, creative games, vocabulary games...hundreds, and it's all free and simple to navigate. This one gets ten Book Chook feathers of approval!
Crayola Literacy Resources
On International Literacy Day, Crayola offered resources that encourage kids to write - there are printable pages like My Diary, and Rhyming Mini Book, plus a slew of lesson plans around book reports, storytelling and the craft of writing. One of the many I liked was Word Worms, a vocabulary brainstorm activity.
Scholastic's I Spy
I love games and puzzles, and particularly puzzle books like the I Spy series. Check out this part of Scholastic's huge site that offers games, riddles and fun for the whole family. The games are interactive, and kids who aren't at the reading stage can listen to the clues. I like the neat zoom in/zoom out feature that enabled me to search the pictures more easily. Can your child find all the picture clues in I Spy City?
Links to Literacy
There are some great tips for parents on this site. Of course, I had to watch the video of Bill Martin reading Brown Bear again, but I also appreciated Dawn's ideas on making reading boy-friendly. The great news: Dawn will be contributing to Literacy Lava 3!
You might also be interested in these Book Chook posts: Useful Sites for Parents and Teachers (1), MES, a useful literacy resource for parents, and there are stacks more internet literacy resources in Be a Pirate Parent, and More Goodies for Pirate Parents. Don't miss Literacy Lava 2, a free pdf, erupting with tips for parents about children's literacy.