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Phonics videos my a UK year 1 teacher

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There are over 200 free YouTube hosted videos from Mr Thorne, a year 1 primary school teacher in the UK, that can help parents with English, reading, spelling, and early literacy for their children. The videos should be engaging enough to hold the attention of four, five and six year olds.

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Written by markuos

October 11, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Myths and legends of Britain

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This is an interesting storytelling site full of old legends and myths from around the British Isles.

On top of this you can create your own stories using the online creator. It’s pretty intuitive to use.

You can view stories created by others via the creator.

Smories – Children’s stories read by children

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What is Smories? Well put simply it’s a brilliant idea. Lots of young children love having stories read to them. They also like having stories read to them by other children; you might have seen siblings reading to one another, or making up stories for each other. Well that is the basis for Smories – video recordings of children reading stories.

If you’ve got a story for children you can submit it and if its good then one of the many narrators is filmed reading it. Simple as that.

If you’ve got kids then point them towards the site and let them go.

The idea for the site came from a couple with children on a long, long car journey. That’s why the site is also accessible from iPhones and the iPod Touch, so you can get a story where ever and whenever you (or more significantly your kids) want to. It would be nice to see if integration and access is as easy from other portable devices, I haven’t checked that yet.

But with a constant stream of new material, they’re aiming for 50 new stories a month, Smories is a place to keep returning to again and again.

Smories is a UK site a month in so currently all narrators are british with UK accents. The intention is to have more US narrators from August.

Alphablocks – early literacy games

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The games on CBeebies Alphablocks (from the BBC) can help with early stage literacy, as the child forms words using the available letters or watches the songs letters sing.

Written by markuos

February 23, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Boysread

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Sometimes teenage boys can show a reluctance to read. Well there is some help from boysread.com to engage them more in reading. I thought the assignments were very useful.

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This video succinctly explains what the site authors are attempting.

Written by markuos

September 18, 2009 at 12:49 pm

Storybird – create books or read others

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Storybirds are short books you can create online using the beautiful illustrations that are available from a collection of illustrators. You also have access to storybirds others have created on the site. The books are nice and simply designed, giving then a very pleasing appearance.

There are a number of things you can do with storybird. Create books to read to your children, create stories to give your children reading practise if they are learning to read, or what about tapping into their imagination and helping them to create their own books.

There is a useful introductory video about Storybird available.

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Written by markuos

September 14, 2009 at 7:39 pm

Squigly educational games

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The Squigly site has a few very nice games, split into maths, spelling/typing/reading, geography, memory and matching and making connections. Some time dependent games seem a little quick at first, but maybe with practise the kids will get quicker and more accurate.

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Written by markuos

August 10, 2009 at 7:46 pm