Literactive.com – Free online site for early readers

December 14, 2010

I’d like to share with you information about this free online website I have been using with early readers. It’s a great way for parents to help their young children at home!

Literactive is a comprehensive phonics based reading program for early readers that provides a library of carefully graded interactive storybooks. To use the site it is necessary to register, then log in- but there is no fee. Parents, therapists and teachers can then decide to work online with guided reading or download activities and worksheets. Many of the activities are available in Spanish.

Guided reading activities start with nursery rhymes, proceed with levels 1-5 and then offer a spelling bee, poetry and traditional tales. I love the bright, colorful graphics and children respond favorably to the cartoon characters in the stories. The stories are entertaining as well as repetitive to facilitate learning. I have seen the successful quick learning create incredible enthusiasm for kids who had not before shown an interest in reading. Children can try to read the text on their own or listen to the story first. If the child needs help on a work, they click on it and the computer then highlights the word and says it then breaks it down into the phonemes visually and auditorally.

The worksheets can be downloaded in a PDF format and contain activities for working on ABCs and pre-writing skills. The Activities section includes ideas for engaging in a number of interactive games.

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