Learning from Home - Literacy


This list of resources has been compiled to assist teachers to plan learning from home opportunities related to literacy. Some additional links are included to provide information for parents.


  General Resources for Developing Literacy at Home 

NSW Department of Education

This has been created to assist teachers with preparing to teach remotely. It includes sample weekly teaching plans and ideas for activities. Advice for parents and carers is included as well as considerations for the delivery of remote.

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Reading Rockets

Reading Rockets highlights research-based strategies to help young children become strong, confident readers. It contains professional readings, teaching strategies in literacy and a wide range of resources for teachers to use with their students. (N.B. This is an American website).

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Reading Rockets has created a page on its site to provide information across the curriculum to support learning at home.

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ABC Education

ABC Education brings together many, curriculum-linked resources for Primary and Secondary students and teachers.

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  Developing Phonological Awareness 

SPELD SA

Phonological Awareness is a critical component of reading. SPELD SA has developed this guide to inform parents and carers about phonological awareness.

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In addition, SPELD SA has developed excellent resources to assist in teaching phonological awareness.

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  Apps for Developing Phonics and Spelling

Reading Doctor

Reading Doctor is an Australian, evidenced based app to support critical foundational reading skills.

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Phonics Hero

A UK developed app for computer, tablet or phone to support development of early Reading and spelling skills.

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Spelfabet

Alison Clarke from Spelfabet details a number of apps that aim to support early literacy learning. 

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  Books to Build Beginning Reading Skills 

Decodable Books

SPELD SA free books and worksheets.

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The Kastner Collection from the international Dyslexia Association of Ontario. Includes free online decodable books and extensive links to other reading resources.

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The Spelfabet site lists a wide range of decodable readers to support student’s literacy learning. Some of these are apps an online materials.

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Easy to Read Books

Oxford Owl includes some excellent free ebooks for children to read aloud.  Requires registration and login, has classroom login option. Contains good information for parents including how to pronounce phonemes correctly, how to choose a book at the correct level.

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  Reading to Build Fluency, Vocabulary and Comprehension

Read Naturally Live

Read Naturally offers a wide range of texts where students’ reading is monitored, and they are prompted around difficulties. The software includes online and audio books to improve the reading fluency, accuracy, and comprehension skills of students. Currently offering a free subscription until May 31.

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Storyline Online

Storyline Online contains videos of books read by actors. Close caption is available. A teacher’s guide is included for each book with suggested grade level, reading and writing activities for before, during and after reading as well as across the curriculum ideas.  

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Free Children’s Stories

Free Children’s Stories books are read aloud, with audio only.  Words appear below the pages or can be downloaded as a PDF.  Browse by age or by style.

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International Children’s Digital Library

International Children’s Digital Library contains books only, no audio or video.  Multiple search categories including age, character type, picture book, chapter book, short, medium, long. Persian/Farsi and Mongolian books available.  

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National Geographic Explorer

National Geographic Explorer children can read along with robotic audio as words are highlighted on the page. Many teaching activities are included.  

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Local Library

eBooks and eAudiobooks can be borrowed for free from your local library. Although Libraries are closed, apps such as BorrowBox remain accessible.



   Developing Writing

Writing A-Z

This is a comprehensive USA developed resources that offers both interactive online writing activities and tools for online reporting of student growth to parents. It currently includes a free trial.

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Writing Legends

This Australian online resource supports students to develop all the steps in the process of writing across a number of different writing purposes. To support schools at this time, it is free until the end of term two.  

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  Other Useful Websites

Spelfabet

Alison Clarke’s Spelfabet website contains links to apps, games, workbooks and a range of other resources to support spelling and reading instruction. This website is for people who work with students in classroom, small group or 1:1 settings.

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SPELD SA

SPELD South Australia’s website contains a range of resources to assist teachers to develop effective teaching and learning programs. It includes resources for classroom teachers, materials to support students who are experiencing difficulty and parent resources.

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Home Learning with PLD

Contains three-week plans for Early Years to Year 6, include parent education videos, detailed instructions and downloadable resources, games, flash cards and posters. This is an Australian resource.

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FlyLeaf

The site provides texts that teachers can use when teaching a group remotely, and texts that students can access independently. Tasks are included for each text. This portal contains resources for online reading instruction organised by their phonics scope and sequence.  It includes a section for teachers and a section for students.

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  Support for Parents

SPELD SA

This free online module with explicit instruction for teaching reading has been made available by SPELD SA.

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Five from Five

The Five from Five website contains a range of free information on effective reading instruction with a section for parents. It includes many useful strategies to assist parents when supporting their children in literacy

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Teaching a Child to Read Online Course

The Five from Five website contains a range of free information on effective reading instruction with a section for parents. It includes many useful strategies to assist parents when supporting their children in literacy

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  Curriculum Documents

K-10 English Syllabus
National Literacy and Numeracy Progressions

Inclusion in this list does not mean the website is recommended by The Association of Independent Schools of NSW. 

Schools must consider their own context and requirements before choosing to use external websites, online learning platforms and programs.