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Links to More Resources

Below is a list of additional resources for you and your child. These websites offer literacy and learning tips, online library materials, educational games and activities, information about your developing child, and more!

  At Cookie, child experts and educators design interactive online games for kids. Cook-ie’s learning games for kids help build skills needed for success in school. While playing these fun educational games, kids learn to read with phonics and build skills in math, language, social studies, science, and more.
http://www.cookie.com

  Earlylit offers literacy information and activities chosen by Saroj Ghoting, Early Childhood Literacy Consultant.
http://www.earlylit.net/handouts-and-activities/

  The Center for Early Literacy Learning provides an extensive, curated collection of literacy learning activities organized by age – infant, toddler, and preschooler.
http://www.earlyliteracylearning.org/pgparents.php

  Every Child Ready to Read provides a collection of video clips from Parent & Child-hood workshops.
http://www.everychildreadytoread.org

  The eXtension Alliance for Better Child Care database of story-stretching ideas for child care contains lots of hands-on, ready-to-try ways to extend some of your favorite children’s stories into additional learning experiences. The ideas are especially designed to help young children of different ages expand their learning from children’s books.
http://www.extension.org

  First 5 California is a great parental help site for information on health and learn-ing. Make sure your child is healthy and on-track developmentally with these online re-sources. http://www.first5california.com/parents/

  Get Ready to Read provides early literacy and learning tips for chil-dren of all ages. They offer newsletters, videos, tool kits, and other useful resources for parents.
http://www.getreadytoread.org

  Kiddie Records publishes recordings of children’s records that were made between the mid 1940’s through the early 1950’s. Recordings include classics like Horton Hatches the Egg. All of the recordings can be downloaded or played for free online.
http://www.kiddierecords.com

  PBS Rhyming Games. A multitude of research has shown a correlation be-tween rhyming mastery and eventual reading preparedness. Learn about rhyming and play games with your favorite PBS Kids characters like Martha Speaks, Super Why, WordGirl, and Elmo!
http://pbskids.org/games/rhyming/

  Scholastic’s website has a parent section with an informative collection of reading re-sources, developmental milestones, and activities for children of all ages! Also check out the book selection tips and free printable activities.
http://www.scholastic.com/parents/

  Developed by The Screen Actors Guild Foundation, Storyline Online features accom-plished actors and actresses reading some of their favorite children’s books. Each sto-ry comes with a free activity guide and can be viewed on YouTube or SchoolTube. Rainbow Fish, Wilfrid Gordon Macdonald Partridge, and To Be a Drum are just a few of the books available.
http://www.storylineonline.net/

  Talking is Teaching. Are you looking for a way to follow along as your newborn grows into a toddler? Talking is Teaching has great resources, organized by age and topic, for tips on what you can do to help your baby thrive during the first 36 months.
http://talkingisteaching.org/resources

  StoryPlace is a digital library created specifically for children. Library materials include free online books, online activities, take-home activities, and reading lists for preschool and elementary students.
http://www.storyplace.org/

  ZERO TO THREE. The first three years of life are a period of incredible growth in all areas of a baby’s development. The ZERO TO THREE website offers information, interac-tive tools, parent handouts, charts, tip sheets, FAQ’s, articles, and powerpoint slideshows all designed to help you in supporting and nurturing the health and development of babies and toddlers.
http://www.zerotothree.org/child-development/
     

 

Early Reading Benefits

The key is to start at birth. Immersing a child in a rich literacy environment can be a stronger predictor of literacy and academic achievement than family income. The more words a child hears, the larger the child’s vocabulary, and the larger the child’s vocabulary, the more likely the child will be a proficient reader.

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