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This section is all about one thing: fun! Packed full of cool kids games that will test your skill and cunning, prepare for a challenge, gang! Play with your favourite characters like Spongebob Squarepants and Ben 10, or take on the animal kingdom as you run like a cheetah or swim like a fish to score points.

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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.

Stories for Kids

For those spending time at home, looking for a cozy adventure or bedtime story, we offer this imaginative rhyming picture book, read by the author, Daniel Errico. Follow the Marmabill on her quest through the rainforest, where she meets fantastical creatures like wugs, tankadiggies, and flying fluthers.

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Give your child a boost using our free, printable 2nd grade writing worksheets.

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Welcome to Amazing Kids!, a web-based children's non-profit organization offering fun, challenging, and self-motivating educational enrichment for kids and teens worldwide! Our program's include: Founded in 1998, Amazing Kids!' mission is to help inspire kids to discover their own unique gifts and to use them in positive and productive ways to make a difference in their lives and in the communities in which they live.

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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3rd grade reading comprehension worksheets | Parenting

Skill: Identifying key words Are we alone in the universe? In this reading and writing worksheet, your third grader gets practice identifying key words in nonfiction text and noting main points. Skill: Writing to answer questions Who were Gog and Magog?

Writing Games

Inspire your young learner to love writing with these engaging, skills-based writing games! From the basics of sight words and vocabulary to learning about subject-verb agreement, our writing games will help get your child excited to use their words. Watch your little one become a capitalization pro, discover the parts of speech, and use them to build their own sentences!

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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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.

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TIP 1: For a good book to read ask a librarian. The librarians at the Pukekohe library are amazing!!! Don't forget to ask them for help to choose appropriate texts!

Or do you have a child who would rather watch a movie? Then turn the sound off and the subtitles on. That’s reading!

TIP 2: Ask questions about what your child reads.  Who, what, where, why, when. This helps them to re-phrase texts and develops comprehension skills such as inference. Get them to explain in their own words what they are reading.  This helps them to summarize what they are reading and builds comprehension skills.

TIP 3: Encourage your children to read whatever type of text they are interested in: it could be book or magazine or comic or website or non-fiction factual book or picture book or a newspaper. If its got words on it its reading!



TIP 4: Get your child to talk about their writing and share it. Cut out words and letters to make stories, codes, poems, puzzles and more. Play word games together.




TIP 5: Play with words. Thinking of interesting words and discussing new ones can help increase the words your child uses when they write – look words up in the dictionary or on the Internet or talk with family/whānau to find out more about where the words come from.

TIP 6: Talk about what your child writes. Be interested. If you don’t understand what their story is about, ask them to tell you more about it. Use questions they will want to answer.




TIP 7: Help your child write about their heroes, sports events, tïpuna (ancestors), hobbies and interests. This helps them stay interested in what they are writing about.


TIP 8: Get your child to help write the shopping list, invitation lists for family events, menus for special dinners, thank-you cards when someone does something nice.


TIP 9: Postcards are a good size for a sentence or two and they are cheap to post, too. Have a special place to keep your child’s writing at home (notice board, fridge, folder). You might frame a piece of writing and hang it up, too.

TIP 10: Play with words. Thinking of interesting words and discussing new ones can help increase the words your child uses when they write – look words up in the dictionary or on the Internet, or talk to family and whānau members to learn more about the background and the whakapapa (origins) of the words.

Tip 11: Have interesting paper and pens available or help them make a special book to write in

Or write to your child, or give them jokes, cartoons or short articles you think they’ll like to read from the newspaper



TIP 12: A diary or journal – on paper or on a computer – can help your child to write about their experiences and their own feelings about things that have happened at school, at home, in the world, on the marae, at sports events and on TV.



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.