Make your own reading kit – free download of a great sight word reading kit from www.maketaketeach.com!
Reading Rockets – a wide variety of games and resources focused on reading support
Starfall – this website provides animated reading games and stories. Some of the activities are free and thereafter there is a membership fee of $35 per year. This is an American programme some of the letter pronunciations are not quite the same as in South Africa.
Roy the Zebra reading – fun books and reading activities – free to use.
Adrian Bruce.com has wonderful free sight word reading game printables that are free to download.
http://www.clarkness.com has free books for children, parents and teachers to use and download. They can be downloaded onto a computer, tablet or phone for easy access. Highly recommended.
www.kizphonics.com – this website has many different online games children can play to improve their phonics. There are also some free worksheets and activities but you have to pay a subscription for access to the full range.
www.edhelper.com – Edhelper has a range of activities ranging from basic skills in reading (visual discrimination, matching etc.) to downloading book series that provide levelled reading books. Some of the resources are free and full access costs $19.99 per year.
Examples of how to use the Orton Gillingham methods:
- A youtube sample of the Orton Gillingham process – Some lovely ideas on how to develop phonics with a dyslexic child.
- Youtube clip – Explanations of some of the methods used
There are hundreds of Apps that are currently available. Here are a few that have been recommended. If you have any suggestions for other Apps that may be helpful to teachers and learners, please email the link or name to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Simply click on the title for more information on each app.
Sight word Apps for ages 4-7
Read to me and Dictation Apps
Voice to text / text to voice bundle (379.99) – This app allows a child to dictate his or her story into an ipad / iPhone. It also reads texts to them.