The following list of literacy websites recommended for use in the home or school contains but a few of the hundreds of sites that are available to support literacy development by undertaking a search on the internet.
Stories to Read Online
Many wonderful, free, illustrated, children’s books and stories for kids of all ages are available to read at Children’s Storybooks Online.
East of the Web
Welcome to the children short story section at east of the web. Find this month’s featured stories. You can browse the children library by subgenre or search it for a title, author or keyword. Clicking on an author’s name lists all their stories along with further information and links. Stories can be read online, printed or downloaded for reading offline or on handheld devices.
Indulge in a world of adventure, fun and excitement through numerous stories ranging from animal adventures and fairy tales to educational and Christmas stories.
Streaming video program featuring famous people reading children’s books aloud.
Listen to and follow the illustrations along as stories are read.
Literacy Games and Activities
Primary Games has free arcade and learning games for kids and teens featuring the best action, adventure, sports, and racing games as well as educational reading and maths games. Scroll down the homepage to locate the games category of your choice.
Interactive literacy games and activities
Room 108 is a Primary Education site for children and teachers. There are over 1900 pages of kids games and teacher resources for children’s learning – spelling, grammar, writing, language arts, phonics, sight words, graphic organisers
Online literacy games for kids, labelled “easy”, “very easy”, etc.
Copacabana Public School
Resources for students, teachers and parents – dozens of useful links and activities
Learning resources for adults, children, parents and teachers: find online courses, video clips, educational games and revision activities.
(Note: this page has been archived and is no longer updated but continues to contain dozens of links to educational resources and activities)
Learn about Science, Maths, Social Studies and English with interesting videos, quiz games, interactive diagrams, activities and presentations for kids K-12 at NeoK12.
Providing teachers, students and parents with access to the highest quality practices and resources in reading and language arts instruction – supported by the International Reading Association.
1000s of FREE resources for Early Years and Primary School teachers, students and parents – just browse, download and print for free.
KidsKnowIt – The Totally Free Children’s Learning Network
Our Mission is to provide the highest quality educational activities, products, movies, music, games, articles, text books, learning programs, lesson plans, worksheets, and distribute them Completely Free of Charge
Grammar Ninja is a game made by a high school student and supervised by a high school English teacher. This is not meant to be a professional effort (but it is) and kids love playing it.
Hundreds of free online education resources and games.
Kidspot Australia – Find baby and kids’ activities (click on the link Things To Do), pregnancy and parenting information, toddler tips, advice and community FREE.
Kids Activities Learning Games
Kids’ learning games and activities to inspire learning – create passionate learners with love and fun.
A free, interactive literacy website on which children can choose a story starters theme (adventure, fantasy, sci-fi, or scrambler), sign in, then press each button and the wheels will spin to allow them to choose:
- the type of story
- a description for the character
- a character
- a scenario for the story
eg Describe a very unusual day for a snoopy explorer who blasts tunnels underground
They can change each of the parts by pressing the buttons again until they are happy with the combination and then write their own story (they do not write it on the website)
Poetry for Kids
This literacy website contains a dictionary of different types of poetry and the poetic devices that poets use so children and older students can use them in their writing too.
This website contains a description and examples of 33 types of poems. Children and older students who are interested in writing poetry will find this resource invaluable.
She holds a Public Service Medal for her contributions to education.
Shirley has written a comprehensive Guide for Parents to help support children’s literacy in the home and social environment.