In honour of Family Literacy Day, here are a couple of my family’s favourite websites that promote literacy through fun, interactive play:
For your preschooler to emerging reader, www.starfall.com is the place to go! Starfall is jam-packed phonics fun with interactive animation, music, video, games and much more. Preschoolers can start by playing with the musical alphabet and listening to songs about vowel sounds. Then kids can progress to animated phonic stories like `Zac the Rat` and practice their new skills with fun games. Early readers can read stories on a variety of topics—if they get stuck on a word, they simply click the curser on it and the word is sounded out for them. Kids have so much fun playing and learning on this site.
Make Belief Comix
My 9 year old recently discovered another fun site that promotes literacy through creative writing. www.makebeliefscomix.com is a fully interactive site that allows kids to create their own comic strips.
“Comics help children learn how to read and think imaginatively. The comic characters can became their friends and family, and they began to realize that reading can be fun and open up new worlds to them. By giving children a choice of fun animal and human characters with different emotions — happy, sad, angry, worried — as well blank thought and talk balloons to fill in with their written words, and some story prompts to spark ideas, youngsters will be able to tap into their creativity to tell stories and create their own graphic stories. “–Bill Zimmerman, Creator, MakeBeliefsComix.com
Once kids create their comics, they can be printed and/or emailed to friends. Bonus—Kids can write in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, and Latin so it’s great for French Immersion or older students learning a second language, too.
Do you have a favourite literacy site? Share it with us.