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What do you think about these free sites to teach early readers?

What do you think about these free sites to teach early readers?

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I'm very excited about some sites I've found to teach young children to read. I've been researching ways to help parents teach their children to read. I've found many free resources, but these are my favorite! Here's a link to a blog post about my current favorite free online sites to help teach a child to read. I just joined this community today. I'm hopeful that we can get a discussion going, and some people will share other sites and resources available to teach children to read. I'm interested in resources that teach older struggling readers and adults as well. Please share resources and your thoughts about the sites I shared in my blog post.

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Marcy Prager
Retired Teacher, Substitute Teacher, Brookline, MA

Starfall Reading is one of the best free programs for teachers or parents to help their child learn how to read. Learning how to read should be a "balanced" approach of great pictures that tell the story, text that matches the pictures, highlighted text, listening opportunities, reading opportunities, include games which reinforce the reading, phonics, etc. Starfall Reading does it all for free!

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Marcy Prager
Retired Teacher, Substitute Teacher, Brookline, MA

Raz-Kids has a yearly subscription fee, but is hands-down the single best reading program for teachers to used "leveled" books, both fiction and informative texts, to help students learn to read, all the way through sixth grade. Students can listen to books, read by themselves, and take quizes to show how well they have comprehended the story. Vocabulary understanding is also part of this program. Books can be printed, or shown on a screen for teachers to work on mini-lessons. I have successfully worked with this program with ESL students, beginning readers, and fluent readers who love to read and learn about the world around them.

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Michelle Breum
Mother of boy/girl twin 4th graders and a boy in sixth grade, Fall 2012

[quote]Raz-Kids has a yearly subscription fee, but is hands-down the single best reading program for teachers to used "leveled" books, both fiction and informative texts, to help students learn to read, all the way through sixth grade. Students can listen to books, read by themselves, and take quizes to show how well they have comprehended the story. Vocabulary understanding is also part of this program. Books can be printed, or shown on a screen for teachers to work on mini-lessons. I have successfully worked with this program with ESL students, beginning readers, and fluent readers who love to read and learn about the world around them.[/quote][quote]
This is a new one to me. It looks good. I watched a video and read a sample book on the site. Thanks so much for sharing. I know the principal at my children's school is looking into a fluency program. I'm going to send him a link to this.

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mom2four
homeschooler, Montessori-advocate

Hi, I have used Starfall for fun supplementation, but I encourage parents through my website to consider a simplistic Montessori approach to learning to read, at the child's pace. In fact, these methods worked so well for us that when my oldest was old enough to enter Kindergarten he was tested reading at a 4th-grade level, and so we decided to enter the world of homeschooling; we knew he'd be bored in school. I have written these early-reading steps here if you're interested:
http://www.myhomeschoolstyle.com/?p=491

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Michelle Breum
Mother of boy/girl twin 4th graders and a boy in sixth grade, Fall 2012

[quote]Hi, I have used Starfall for fun supplementation, but I encourage parents through my website to consider a simplistic Montessori approach to learning to read, at the child's pace. In fact, these methods worked so well for us that when my oldest was old enough to enter Kindergarten he was tested reading at a 4th-grade level, and so we decided to enter the world of homeschooling; we knew he'd be bored in school. I have written these early-reading steps here if you're interested:

http://www.myhomeschoolstyle.com/?p=491[/quote]

It's so much fun helping our own children learn to read. Here's my story of my children learning to read. I focused on my daughter in this post, because she had some trouble learning to read. http://beginningreadinghelp.blogspot.com/2010/02/my-daughters-path-to-re...

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