Sometimes when you want to help a child learn to read, it pays to think “outside the book.” Unlike many of us, our kids are not only growing up with free access to computers, there is at least one at their disposal at all times. Whether they get to the Web from a desktop, laptop, or iPhone, there are fun ways to use that screen time for literacy.
General Listings for Online Learning
BestHistorySites – A collection of history games and animations, ranging from ancient history to modern history.
Boowa and Kwala – This site offers fun activities and games for kids that are easy to navigate.
Game Classroom – Games from all over the web are sorted according to skill, topic and grade level (K to 6). There’s a homework help section with learning tips, online resources and sample problems. According to the site, content was created by professional educators with more than 200 years of teaching experience, and has been outlined using US state educational standards. There are games here simple enough for children younger than five, yet more challenging ones too. There are heaps of Language Arts games
Games on History – The History Channel offers interactive games and puzzles that encourage learning in the subject of history.
I Spy – You’ll find games and puzzles just like Scholastic’s I Spy book 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.
Kideos Children’s video site with lots of content about book characters, nursery rhymes, fairy tales etc.
Literactive Online educational games for preschool to Grade 1. The program is comprised of carefully levelled guided readers, comprehensive phonic activities and a wealth of supplemental reading material which gradually develop a child’s reading skills in a sequential and enjoyable manner.
Whomp – This is a Shockwave game where you attempt to make as many words as you can in a prescribed time period. It is very similar to Boggle. Players adopt a monster avatar such as the Yeti or Chupacabra and compete against another monster. This game will help reinforce spelling patterns and increase orthographic knowledge. (Jeff Berger NC Teacher Stuff, March 2010)
Activity/Game Sites based on Children’s Books
Bembo’s Zoo: An Animal ABC by Roberto de Vicq de Cumptich. This is an animated version of the ABC book that created animals from the letters in their name.
Fun with Spot by Eric Hill
Olivia the Pig by Ian Falconer
Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Game/Activity Sites for Children’s Books Series
Arthur (at PBS Kids) by Marc Brown
Berenstain Bears by Jan and Mike Berenstain
Curious George by H. A. Rey
Franklin the Turtle by Paulette Borgeois
Little Critter by Mercer Mayer
Mouse Cookie Books by Laura Numeroff. Moose, Mouse, Pig, and Cat are all here to play.
Pigeon Presents by Mo Willems. Naked Mole Rat, Elephant and Piggie, and the Pigeon himself are ready to play.
Septimus Heap by Angie Sage
Seussville Playground – You’ll find the Lorax, Sam-I-Am, and the Grinch, among others.
Warriors by Erin Hunter Serve Your Clan as it tries to fulfill its prophecy
Game/Activity Sites for Easy Readers and Transitional (Illustrated) Chapter Books
The Adventures of Captain Underpants by Dav Pilkey
Junie B. Jones by Barbara Park
Magic School Bus by Joanna Cole and Bruce Degen
Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne
Mercy Watson by Kate DiCamillo
Game/Activity Sites for Middle-Grade and Young Adult Book Series
The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar by Lee Edward Fodi
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney
A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket