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Building Strong Language Skills

Websites that help parents develop language skills in their children--especially reading and writing.
Check the Reading Level of a Book
This site allows one to check the reading level of a book to see if it is appropriate for the prospective reader.
Curl Up With Your Favorite Blanket: Bedtime Stories For Kids
Help Children Build Strong Language Skills
Tips to work with your child to build a strong vocabulary and other language skills.
Arcademic Skill Builders
Fun and free online multi-player educational math games and language arts games for students and teachers!
Kidport
Kidport provides a unique, multi-step program to teach K-8 students thinking and learning skills. Kidport also provides math, science, social studies, etc. Kidport is an internet-based educational service designed to help K-8 students excel in school. It provides a unique, multi-step program to create empowered learners, not simply good students.
Book Adventure
A free on-line reading program encourages students in grades K-8 to read more often, for longer periods of time, and with greater understanding.
Ways to Read to Children
Things to do before, during and after reading a book to your child.
Game Goo
Earobics provides a research based, comprehensive reading intervention program that helps improve reading proficiency, reading skills, etc.
KinderSite
The KinderSite is designed for kinder, child-care, preschool, kindergartens, elementary, primary schools and special needs plus homeschool, libraries and the home. The KinderSite has 1000s of graded educational and fun content specifically for the 2 to 8 year group. In fact everywhere where young children access computers.
Meaningful Writing Experiences
Reading and writing go hand in hand. Help your child with writing by providing opportunities to practice writing skills.
Getting Ready to Read
A site that helps parents, teachers, etc. get preschoolers ready to read.
Parents' Choice
This site reviews media and toys.
Learning Planet
Educational online games for kids prschool through sixth grade.
Light Up Your Brain
Light Up Your Brain is about inspiration, creativity, and the fun of being a kid. There are some great audio stories, games and links.
Fisher Price
Play and learn with you child online! These online games and learning activities are a great way to spend quality time with your child. Have fun with these online activities, and remember: whether your child is an infant, toddler or preschooler, it's important to let him/her learn at his/her own pace.
Reading Rockets
Teaching kids to read and helping those who struggle.
Storyline Online
The Screen Actors Guild Foundation brings on-line streaming video program featuring SAG members reading childrens books aloud! Each book includes accompanying activities and lesson ideas.
Sadlier-Oxford
A phonics student online component.
Mighty Book
Free music downloads, free games, children's books, children's music, children's songs, and animated cartoons help teach kids to read.
Starfall
A free website to teach children to read with phonics. For preschool, kindergarten, and first grade. Exciting phonics games and online interactive books.
Reading Is Fundemental
Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) is the nation's largest nonprofit children's literacy organization.
Berenstain Bears
This site offers child-friendly content and interaction with some of the most prolific childrens books.
I Know That
Offers web-based educational activities for kids ages 2-12. Activities include stickerbooks, simulation games, painting, math and phonics.
Get Ready To Read
Assists Spanish-speaking parents in helping their children build skills before kindergarten.
Seussville
This is the official site of Dr. Seuss and the Cat in the Hat featuring games, printable activities, the complete illustrated character guide, etc.
Story Place
Listen to interactive children's stories, play with on-line activities, print out take-home activities, etc. (Spanish and English versions)
Education Place
Pre-K to 8 elementary educational resources fro teachers, students, and parents.
Words and Pictures
Colorful games, printable pages, animations and other activities to help 5 to 7 year olds with reading and phonics.
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