Category Archives: Resources

Resources to help students and parents improve their school-related skills.

Kiddie Records Weekly

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Raise your hand if you remember 78 RPM records! Careful, don’t take both hands off the walker! How about records with stories on them? Here is a site with many old records presented in digital format. How about sharing a few minutes from yesteryear with the kids of this year. Pecos Bill, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy and many more voices from the days when the movies were inside your head. They were better then weren’t they?

Mrs. Perkins’ Dolch Words

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The English language can be tough to learn. I’ve heard people question “Why don’t they just teach phonics?” Much of our language is not phonetic. There are some words you just have to learn by their shape. To the discerning eye, that can mean spelling. To the beginning reader, that may simply mean the outline, the tallness or shortness of the letters or the length of the word.

From the website:

What are Dolch Words?

Reading is the most important skill a child will ever learn. It is impossible for a person to live a productive life without being able to read, i.e.; becoming literate. In most schools, children are expected to be able to read simple sentences and stories by the end of first grade. By third grade, they are expected to be able to read almost any kind of text. As well as being able to “sound out” (phonetically decode) regularly spelled words, children must also master reading basic, common sight words.

Continue reading Mrs. Perkins’ Dolch Words

Vocabulary Can Be Fun!

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Vocabulary is Fun is a leading vocabulary website worldwide with the best flash online word games. The vocabulary games include an online word search, an online crossword puzzle, and hangman online (our version is called HangMouse). Users choose the vocabulary list that the online word game will use in the word game. The vocabulary games are popular for use on smart boards for word games to build vocabulary skills in classrooms.

Many people build their English vocabulary through a blend of methods — by taking English classes, reading books, watching movies in English, and studying English with English language software. Playing word and vocabulary games is a valuable part of learning English. There are thousands of vocabulary words in our vocabulary lists. is a fun educational website dedicated to helping you build reading, phonics, or English language skills. We offer Free Online Word Games which are specifically designed to build vocabulary skills and to motivate people to learn through fun practice in spelling, phonics, and vocabulary.

Tools For Educators

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At Tools for make classroom resources to support your lesson plans and supporting materials for your current curriculum: elementary, preschool resources and kindergarten printables, math worksheets, math games, English worksheets, science worksheets, printable science games, Spanish, French, German and other foreign language materials. You will see a “pop-up ad” at the beginning. Just close it and explore a bunch of free resources.

Silly Books!

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Teachers and parents in schools and home schools use our animated books, children’s music, puzzles and games in their classrooms and homes. Our content entertains kids while promoting child literacy. The content on the pages of SillyBooks is useful in all segments of the wide-ranging educational arena, from the gifted child to the child with learning difficulties; from inspiring imagination to the mundane but essential basic of learning to read. With text that is high-lighted in time with the voice-over in both story and song, children can see each word as spoken.

Use this website as a learning addition in your classroom or homeschool.

Fact Monster

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Fact Monster is a free reference site for students, teachers, and parents. Get homework help and find facts on thousands of subjects, including sports, entertainment, geography, history, biography, education, and health.

Bang On Time

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This is a simple way for kids to practice telling time with an analog clock. That, and counting change, are becoming a lost skill in this digital age. There are several other time related exercises if you click on the “Home” button.

Santa Claus and Christmas at the North Pole

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Click the picture to visit the site in a new window! celebrates the holidays with dozens of activities for children and families. A child-safe, award-winning holiday site, promotes a traditional look at Santa’s Secret village at the North Pole but with high-tech, creative features to keep children and adults entertained – all for free!

Free Technology For Teachers

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Here is a great site with 17 free eBooks for teachers and parents. Many of them present ways to challenge our students and online tools to improve instruction. There is also information on ways to protect our kids online, such as a parent’s guide to Facebook as well as some alternative sites that have a bit more protection for young users. I spent a bit of time exploring many of these books and found some great stuff…for free!

Winter Experiments

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Here are some activities to keep in mind as we move into winter. There is one on frozen bubbles that almost makes me wish it was below freezing again. I did say “almost”!

You will also find instructions for making a rain gauge. That might come in handy around here very soon. Also information about wind-chill, winter crafts and hail storms.