EARLY LITERACY RESOURCES
Early Literacy Milestones
The Reading Rockets website is a valuable resource for parents. You can read up on developmental milestones and learn about literacy development from leading experts. What are the milestones?
Literacy Resources for Parents
The U.S. Department of Education has put together a list of links for parents. It’s a good place to start when learning about early literacy. I need resources.
Literacy Videos for Parents
Want to see what early literacy looks like in the home? Check out the videos at the Center for Early Literacy Learning. Show me the videos!
GETTING READY FOR SCHOOL
Want to know what it takes to make it in Kindergarten? Staff of the Mayo Clinic have some advice to share with parents. Is my child ready for Kindergarten?
Literacy Skills by Grade Level
For those of you who like to see the big picture: Visit the Common Core Standards website. You can look at the Language Arts standards for all grades K-12th. Let's see those standards!
Books Lists by Age
Whenever I changed grades as a teacher or my son hit a new milestone Scholastic was the first place I went to find age-appropriate books. Help me find books to read with my child!
FUN LITERACY WEBSITES
#1 YouTube Channel
Watch educational videos by The Learning Station team. These animated songs and rhymes are great when on-the-go. Sing along now!
Stories Read Aloud
Award winning picture books read by well-known actors. Storyline Online is top notch. Check out one of my faves, The Kissing Hand. Time for a story.
Sing Along Rhymes and Songs
Want a collection of free online audio rhymes and songs? Story Nory has a great selection with colorful illustrations. Rhyme time!
TOP EARLY LITERACY APPS
Best Educational Games
I trust Common Sense Media when it comes to helping me decide what media is age-appropriate. Their list of apps for toddlers includes a few I’ve used with kids. I need app recommendations.
Favorite Alphabet App
Endless Alphabet by Originator Inc. These lovable monsters and well-formed letters are a winning blend of play and education. Monsters are adorable!
Learn the Basics
For the basics, I like Fish School by Duck, Duck, Moose. Kids learn colors, shapes, letters, and numbers, all under the sea! Go for a swim!