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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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October 11, 2010 at 2:25 pm

Memory Squid Game

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If you want to exercise your memory then this Memory Squid Game will give it a bit of a workout.

You’re given a sequence of words and have to click on them in the televisions. Get one wrong and a bunny gets zapped. Get all of the words to move on to the next level.

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April 26, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Gamequarium

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The Gamequarium is a site that “swims with learning fun”. Drill down the categories to find LOTS of resources for children to use for learning, either independently or supported. I can see myself returning to this site again and again.

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March 6, 2010 at 9:28 pm

International Children’s Digital Library (ICDL)

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The International Children’s Digital Library is all about making children’s literature available in different languages. Quoting from their website:

The ICDL Foundation’s goal is to build a collection of books that represents outstanding historical and contemporary books from throughout the world.  Ultimately, the Foundation aspires to have every culture and language represented so that every child can know and appreciate the riches of children’s literature from the world community.

But put simply you can freely access online some great children’s books.

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March 6, 2010 at 8:29 pm

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.

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February 23, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Create Comicstrips online

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I came across a video today that got me interested in creating comics online, and how it can be used to interest children in literacy.

I’ll mention a couple of sites that provide the facility, though there are several others.

I’ve picked on Bitstrips

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and Pixton (click below to view video)

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because they have on open version, but also a (pay for) secure school version that can be used within classrooms; Bitstrips for Schools

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and Pixton fo Schools.

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Both are quite intuitive to get started with, if after a bit of playing around. There’s lots of control over the characters, both body and facial expressions, and you can design your own.

In addition there’s a collaborative element to many of these services, where for example you are able to mix and remix the comics.

Pixton has a very nice Safety Tips section, helping to ensure that the site is safe for children’s uses, with parent supervision.

And here is the video of how Bitstrips is used in class and what children think about its use:

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October 1, 2009 at 8:38 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.

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September 18, 2009 at 12:49 pm