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Literacy in Years 1-3


When children are first learning to read it can be hard to find books that they can read themselves. For this reason Room 3 and 4 will continue to bring home school readers, or their Reading or Poem exercise books which are designed to be used in the same way as a reader would be.  Authors such as Eric Carle, Max Lucado and Dr Suess, the Berenstain Bears series, Janette Oak Animal Friends series and Elmer the Elephant stories by David Mc Kee are some children of this age would enjoy.  This Focus on the Family Website (click here) talks about how to find great books for 4-7 year olds, 8-11 year olds and 12 years and above and has book lists for each age group. It is a good idea to read the book yourself first so that you can decide if it is appropriate for your child



Between the Lions Early Reading | PBS LearningMedia

Here are segments selected from Between the Lions, the series that helps kids "Get Wild About Reading!" This special collection provides a set of early Reading/Language Arts resources, organized by early elementary and preschool literacy skills.

Home - Storyline Online

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation's Daytime Emmy nominated, Storyline Online, features celebrated actors including Viola Davis, Kristen Bell, Chris Pine, Lily Tomlin, Wanda Sykes, Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Betty White and more reading children's books to inspire a love of reading in millions of children worldwide.

Free eBook library | Oxford Owl from Oxford University Press

Welcome to our free eBook collection, developed for children aged 3-11 years old. Help your young child learn to read, and love to read, with our range of over 100 free eBooks. If you'd like to learn more about how to support your child's reading, visit our Reading pages.

Instructional Series

Welcome to the English medium literacy instructional series teaching and learning resources for years 1 to 8. Blue Purple Red Green Yellow Gold Orange Turquoise Magenta Social Sciences English Health and Physical Education Science Technology The Arts /content/search?SearchText=&SubTreeArray[]=22576&ColourWheelLevel=all&Genre=all 215 items - Showing 1 - 10 A Good Idea by Bill Nagelkerke illustrated by Jeffy James On a hot day, four African animals are inspired with good ideas but need to cooperate so that they can all get what they want.

Starfall: Learn to Read with Phonics, Learn Mathematics

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Results on ReadWriteThink - ReadWriteThink

Classroom Resources | Grades 6 - 12 | Student Interactive | Learning About Language Word Matrix Explore the similarities and differences among words typically considered synonyms with this tool that allows middle- and secondary-level students organize groups of words by connotation on one axis and by register on another.

Sunshine Online

Sunshine Online offers every child the very best of animated and interactive learning in literacy and maths! Sunshine Online makes learning to read fun and engaging for all children, from beginners through to independent readers.

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Storytime: RNZ's collection of free children's audio books. All written and produced in New Zealand for little kids, kids and young adults.

Storynory - Free audio stories for kids

Free audio stories for kids

StoryTime at Awnie's House

Hello there, I'm Awnie! I'm passionate about children's literature and love reading books to kids. I want to make stories come alive for your young ones! You...

Sunshine Classics

Each e-book is followed by three interactive activities that explore phonics and words, comprehension, fluency and writing. * Phonics and Words: Activities include learning about the letters of the alphabet, letter blends, word families, rhyming words and high-frequency words. * Comprehension: Activities include matching words or sentences to pictures, sentence building, story sequencing, cloze and quizzes.

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Choose Stories By Age, Reading Time... | Bedtime Stories

Choose your favourite bedtime stories, short stories for kids and children's poem by age (baby and toddler stories, 4-6 year olds, 7-12 year olds), reading time (5 minute stories, 10 minute stories, 15 minute stories, 20 minute stories), type (picture books, chapter books, comics, fairy tales, poems) or morals.

Reading Games | PBS KIDS

Explore reading and play games with your favorite PBS KIDS characters like Elmo, WordGirl, Super Why and Daniel Tiger!



Unite for Literacy library

Unite for Literacy provides free digital access to picture books, narrated in many languages. Literacy is at the core of a healthy community, so we unite with partners to enable all families to read with their young children.

Children's Storybooks Online - Stories for Kids of All Ages

Many wonderful free childrens books are available to read at Children's Storybooks Online. Stories span age ranges from preschool, young children, teens, through young adult.



TIP 1: Share the reading, take turns or see whether your child wants to read or be read to today. All children like to be read to, so keep reading to them. You can read in your first language.


TIP 4: Help you child with an alphabet letter, then go hunting in your house or a book to find that letter. Let your child see you writing - you can use your first language.

TIP 7: Write to each other. Write notes to your child and leave them in interesting places, like their lunch box. Ask them to reply. Help them to write, text or email family, whanau and friends.


TIP 10: Ask them to write about pictures they draw - on paper on on the computer. Or get them to tell you the story and you write it under the picture.


TIP 2: Read emails from family or whānau aloud, or play card and board games together. Talk a lot to your child while you are doing things together. Use the language that works best for you and your child.

TIP 5: Encourage your child to write a shopping list or make birthday cards.

Water and a paintbrush on a dry path and a stick on sand are fun ways to write letters and words.

TIP 8: Work with them to put special labels on things - like the door to their room or their toy-box. Display their work. Put it on the fridge, Be proud of it! Share it with others.


TIP 11: cut out letters from old magazines and newspapers to make messages. Write secret messages for others to find in their lunch box or under their pillow.

TIP 3: Talk about pictures in books

Sing waiata and songs, read poems and make up rhymes together – the funnier the better.



TIP 6: Don't worry if your child's letters or words are sometimes backwards or misspelled at this age. The important thing is that they have fun writing at home and are making an effort.

TIP 9: Talk about the letters in your child's name and where the letters come from. Help them create a scrapbook of pictures. Encourage them to write stories under the pictures and talk to you about them.

TIP 12: Make some puppets – old socks, cardboard tubes, cut-outs on sticks – that you and your child can use to act out the story you have read. Or dress up and make it into a play.


The words in the NZ Essential Spelling List are the words used most often when we write. Together they make up about 80% of most writing, so they are very important. These word have been arrange in alphabetical order and put in lists according to often they are used. Because these words are used so often it is important that we know how to spell each one

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