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We hope you enjoy browsing this collection of tools, applications, and databases. We have included sites that colleagues, teachers, families, and students have found to be useful. Click on the URL above each description, to visit each site. If you would like to recommend a site, please send an email with the URL and a brief note about its usefulness, to contact@readingandwritingproject.com . Thank you and enjoy!

Jim Trelease

http://trelease-on-reading.com/
Description

Jim Trelease, an important voice on the importance of reading aloud to your children, presents a helpful resource for parents who want to read more about this topic.

Purpose

A great resource for parents looking for research to help them read aloud to their children. Also includes tips and books lists to make reading as a family easier and more meaningful.

Cost

FREE

Overdrive

https://www.overdrive.com/
Description

This site allows you to access digital books and resources for free with your library card.

Purpose

Great for families that have a library card and an e-reader or other digital device to read with.

Cost

FREE

Brooklyn Public Library

http://www.bklynlibrary.org/
Description

A comprehensive resource that has a robust section for both parents and children.

Purpose

Great for Brooklyn families that have a library card. It includes videos of parents reading aloud to their children, age-appropriate book lists, games, events and community resources (such as language class schedules, resume writing help).

Cost

FREE

Reading is Fundamental

http://www.rif.org/books-activities/tips-resources/by-topic/motivating-kids-to-read/
Description

Access to Reading is Fundamental offers information about how to motivate kids to read.

Purpose

Helpful resources for parents on helping children choose books, reading aloud with children and other family reading activities.

Cost

FREE

Toontastic


Description

An app that allows students to create stories and tales of adventure in a variety of settings including galactic or underwater adventures.

Purpose

A great app for families that want a fun way to encourage all writers, especially students who might need a little encouragement. Fun and easy to use as a family.

Cost

FREE

Book Creator


Description

An iPad app that gives anyone in the family an opportunity to write, illustrate and design e-books.

Purpose

Great for families to use independently or together to craft stories and nonfiction texts. Users can draw pictures, download pictures, record voice and video and virtually publish books.

Cost

$

ConnectSafely

http://www.connectsafely.org/
Description

A family-friendly website that gives tips on how to publish safely online. This site gives you all the tools you need to be productive online while helping you do all that you can to protect your privacy.

Purpose

Great for kids who want to publish online and for their parents who want to keep an eye on their digital footprint.

Cost

FREE

Endless ABC


Description

This app, available on Android and Apple platforms, helps kids learn their ABCs and vocabulary in a world of monsters.

Purpose

Great for families who want to help students practice letter sounds, sight words and vocabulary in a fun and engaging way. Appeals to a range of reading levels.

Cost

$

Duck Duck Moose


Description

A suite of APPS that features characters that sing famous nursery rhymes, teach math and reading skills, and allow children to draw and make their own movies.

Purpose

Great for children in grades pre-K - 2nd or children who enjoy simple characters and animation that supports foundational literacy and math skills.

Cost

$

Fun At Home With Kids

http://www.funathomewithkids.com/
Description

A site with a variety of activities and crafts that can be done at home.

Purpose

Great for do-it-yourself art and fun that uses everyday home objects and supplies.

Cost

FREE

Common Sense Media

http://commonsensemedia.org
Description

A site with reviews and ratings of movies, television shows, video games and other entertainment.

Purpose

Helpful resource to quickly get reviews and recommendations for children’s entertainment.

Cost

FREE

Understood

https://www.understood.org/
Description

A website for parents with children who have or might have attention or learning issues.

Purpose

Great for articles explaining a variety of disabilities, describing the IEP process, learning disability simulations and advocacy.

Cost

FREE

All Kinds of Minds Parent Toolkit

http://www.allkindsofminds.org/parent-toolkit
Description

A website that offers information and tips for parents of children who have a variety of learning needs.

Purpose

Great for information about the different ways minds work and tools and tips to help parents support their children.

Cost

FREE

Child Mind Institute

http://www.childmind.org/
Description

A website that offers a variety of resources, articles and parenting tips for families of kids who have special needs.

Purpose

Great for practical tips and immediate resources for parents with an emphasis on learning, emotional and physical supports.

Cost

FREE

What Parents Should Know About the Common Core Standards

http://www.corestandards.org/what-parents-should-know/
Description

The official website by the Common Core State Standards Initiative that is geared toward helping parents understand the standards.

Purpose

Good for parents looking for a quick overview of the CCSS and an FAQ section.

Cost

FREE

Common Core State Standards

http://www.corestandards.org/
Description

The official website of the Common Core State Standards.

Purpose

Helpful for getting the official wording for the standards and appendices.

Cost

FREE