*RESOURCES FOR FREE LEARNING ACTIVITIES / GAMES (ONLINE OR FOR DOWNLOAD/PRINTING)
Target Age: Kindergarten and 1st Grades
Description: The K-1 Student Center Activities include three books and one DVD: Phonological Awareness and Phonics Student Center Activities; Fluency, Vocabulary, and Comprehension Student Center Activities; and Teacher Resource Guide (accompanied by a Professional Development DVD). The first two books contain Activity Plans and Activity Masters that are ready for immediate use in classrooms. The third book, the Teacher Resource Guide, is an informative guide offering important insight on differentiated instruction and how to use the student center materials. These materials are available for anyone (including parents) to download and use for free.
Description: There are free materials for download targeting reading, phonics, handwriting and math. Also available are more than 20 free preschool packs as well as book lists and lists of computer apps. You can sign up for a free subscription and can access even more “freebies” through this subscription. There is a “store” for you to purchase additional materials, and the cost of most items is less than $10.00.
Description: The website contains information for parents about child development and early learning. Parents can also sign up for a free monthly newsletter. Parents can learn more about PBS Kids and the educational games and activities available on the website.
Description: Kids can view videos, play games or print out activity pages based on favorite shows or stories (as seen on PBS such as Arthur, Sesame Street, Curious George, Between the Lions, etc.). Free activities focus on literacy, language, math, reasoning and logic skills, and science. Also available are lists of free e-books, computer apps, games and videos.
Description: Free early learning resources. Get Ready to Read! is designed to support educators, parents, and young children in the development of early literacy skills in the years before kindergarten. Intended for use with all children, the resources and information provided on this site promote skill-building, communication between adults, and ways to address concerns. (National Center for Learning Disabilities-NCLD)
Description: Gayle’s Preschool Rainbow provides free access to home activities for toddlers and preschoolers including indoor and outdoor fun activities, holiday crafts, alphabet themes, rhyme themes, book themes and other preschool links. The “Resource Room” provides additional access to materials for a $20.00 annual membership fee (or you can join for free for first year by submitting five ideas for the website.)
Description: The Startfall non-profit organization provides free on-line access to animated songs, math and reading activities for preschool through the second grade levels. Parents can expand access to materials and activities by paying the annual $35.00 fee.
Description: First-School features free fun preschool lesson plans, educational early childhood activities, printable crafts, worksheets, calendar of events and other resources for children of preschool age. The preschool crafts, lesson plans and activities are appropriate and adaptable for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten level (ages 2 to 6).
Description: Iowa Department of Education: Parent Modules—“I can help my child be a reader! Lessons for Parents in Supporting Early Literacy. Free modules provide step-by-step training for parents and other significant adults to increase the amount of time they spend reading and talking with their children.”
Description: A-Rhyme-a-Week phonological awareness program features 30 different nursery rhymes. Each week’s lesson (30 total) include free downloadable materials: the featured nursery rhyme card, the rhyming picture sets, Riddle Rhymes and lesson plans.
Description: Free online games for preschool and kindergarten age kids to play including interactive online mazes, online puzzles and online interactive educational games. Surprise elements to engage children. Games include alphabet letter games, number recognition games, color and shapes games for pre-K kids.
Description: Khan Academy offers free practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. They tackle math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more. Their math missions guide learners from kindergarten to calculus using state-of-the-art, adaptive technology that identifies strengths and learning gaps. They have also partnered with institutions like NASA, The Museum of Modern Art, The California Academy of Sciences, and MIT to offer specialized content.
Description: Designated a “Great Site for Kids” by the American Library Association, this site provides educational videos, lessons, quizzes and educational games for K-12 students in various subject areas, such as science, math, health, social studies and English.
Description: AAA Math features a comprehensive set of interactive arithmetic lessons. There is no cost or registration required to practice your math on the AAAMath.com site. Unlimited practice is available on each topic that allows thorough mastery of the concepts. A wide range of lessons (Kindergarten through Eighth grade level) enables learning or review to occur at each individual’s current level. Immediate feedback prevents practicing and learning incorrect methods, which is a common result of traditional homework and worksheets. Practice can continue as long as desired in a non-threatening format that helps build self-esteem and confidence. Note: Due to heavy traffic a page may not load properly. The same content is available at: AAAKnow.com, AAAStudy.com, 321Know.com and AAAMath.com
Description: Funbrain, created for kids ages preschool through grade 8, offers more than 100 fun, interactive games that develop skills in math, reading, and literacy. Plus, kids can read a variety of Brewster Rocket. Parents can trust Funbrain to deliver a fun and safe experience for even the youngest children. The Playground helps parents introduce their preschoolers to the Internet and teaches them how to manipulate the mouse and keyboard. Funbrain is committed to providing a safe gaming environment that bridges learning and entertainment. Funbrain never collects personally identifiable information from kids.
Description: This site offers hundreds of free, online, educational games for kids. There are many topics and recommendations are given for which games are appropriate for which age levels. For preschool-kindergarten, the following are recommended:
*Preschool/Kindergarten (numbers, colors, shapes, alphabet, animals)
Description: Students have free access to interactive learning games over a variety of topics including literacy and math. History, science, and geography are also included as topics. There are some links to free printables such as flash cards and worksheets.
Description: Play games, watch videos, learn about animals, and places, and get fun facts on the National Geographic Kids website.
Description: Parents or students can register for free (email and a password) to access online reading and math games. Parents have the option to upgrade for “premium” services for a fee.
Description: IXL provides hundreds of high quality on-line practice questions (organized by grade level) in four different subjects: math, language arts, science and social studies. Users have free access to one set of questions in one subject per day. For those wanting greater access, a subscription is required. Many schools currently maintain an organizational subscription, and students can access the program at home at no additional charge. Otherwise, parents can subscribe for $9.99 per month or $79.00 for a full year.
*RESOURCES FOR FREE BOOKS (E-BOOKS ONLINE): PRESCHOOL-KINDERGARTEN
Description: The International Children’s Digital Library Foundation’s (ICDL Foundation) mission is to support the world’s children in becoming effective members of the global community – who exhibit tolerance and respect for diverse cultures, languages and ideas — by making the best in children’s literature available online free of charge. The ICDL Foundation is a non-profit corporation. (Books are available in multiple languages.) Books are grouped by fiction and non-fiction and also by age (3-5, 6-9, and 10-13 years.)
Description: Children’s Books Online–the Rosetta Project–include thousands of illustrated books and is a volunteer-driven project. It has grown slowly since 1996 from the work of a single man and a handful of books, to a vibrant volunteer-driven organization publishing new books and translations every week. The group claims to have one of the largest online libraries of antique books. This library is made possible by a grant from the John and Frances Beck Foundation. Many books are available in multiple languages.
Description: The SAG-AFTRA Foundation records well-known actors reading children’s books and makes graphically dynamic videos so that children around the world can be read to with just the click of a Storyline Online video book image.
Description: This is a collection of free animated eBooks. These online eBooks touch various subjects and promise to make your child’s learning experience richer.
Description: Tar Heel Reader is the result of the collaborative efforts of Karen Erickson, director of the Center for Literacy and Disability Studies, and Gary Bishop, a professor of computer science, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Karen wanted to create an online community of books that teachers could share with children (and adults!) with disabilities who might not be physically able to handle books and/or who needed more reading opportunities at the appropriate level that were age respectful. The books may be downloaded as slideshows in PowerPoint or onto an iPad to be opened in iBooks. Each book can be speech enabled and accessed using multiple interfaces including touch screens, the IntelliKeys with custom overlays, and 1 to 3 switches. It has been around since 2008. As of 2015, 10,001 different authors have written 41,125 books in 24 languages.
Description: Bookshare can help if you cannot read traditional print books because of a visual impairment, physical disability or severe learning disability. The books are “accessible,” which means you can read books many different ways. Bookshare offers the world’s largest collection of accessible titles. As a result, people of all ages, as well as schools and many organizations around the globe can access the books they need for school, work, career advancement, skill development and the simple love of reading in formats that work for them.
*RECOMMENDATIONS FOR BOOKS: PRESCHOOL-KINDERGARTEN
Description: This link will take you to recommended reading for the summer of 2016. Books are organized by recommended age groups including birth to preschool, kindergarten to second grade, third through fifth grades and sixth through eighth grades. The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. From creative programming and best practices to continuing education and professional connections—ALSC members are librarians, children’s literature experts, publishers, education and library school faculty members, and other adults dedicated to creating a better future for children through libraries.
Description: According to the ALSC Notable Children’s Books Committee manual, these categories loosely represent the following:
Younger Readers – Preschool-grade 2 (age 7), including easy-to-read books
Description: Book lists and recommended reading for ages 3-5. This list is provided by Scholastic and Parent and Child magazine.