Litearcy and Language Arts
Free Children Stories
Free Children Stories is a free literacy-based resource that provides original stories to children. There are books for children as young as three-years-old up through middle-school aged children. Readers can decide if they would like to read a rhyming book or a non-rhyming book, listen to books online, or listen to the Pajama Books Podcast; a bedtime podcast that reads children’s stories. Each book is displayed in a video form, allowing readers (or listeners) to look at the pictures as the story progresses.
Authentic Learning Experienced
Children can pick out their own stories, this allows them to direct their own learning while using this website. While being read to (or reading along), children can think about the stories that they are hearing and consider the ideas they promote such as compromising, sharing, and emotions; the ideas that they hear in each story can be used in their real lives once the story has finished. Hearing a concept in text will help to make it more real in life. Additionally, when using this site, children become part of an online community of readers. They can share the stories that they have found online with their family, friends, and classmates; this widens the lens into their community of tangible learners.
Developmentally Appropriate Practices
Preschoolers are growing their vocabulary every day; the more words a child hears, the more they will remember. This will help them to communicate their needs, express their thoughts, share their wishes, and become more expressive beings. Listening to books helps children learn sounds, words, proper language use, and will help them with their early literacy skills. As they listen, they will learn rhyming sounds, varying units of sound, and will better be able to retell the story themselves. Individually, children can start to develop a love for books and value them in their lives. Reading books helps children open their way of thinking, books can introduce new concepts, and help to spark their curiosity.
Teaching Strategies Gold Objectives
8. Listens to and understands increasingly complex language
a. Comprehends language
11. Demonstrates positive approaches to learning
d. Shows curiosity and motivation
15. Demonstrates phonological awareness
a. Notices and discriminates rhyme
b. Notices and discriminates alliteration
c. Notices and discriminates smaller and smaller units of sound
17. Demonstrates knowledge of print and its uses
a. Uses and appreciates books
b. Uses print concepts
18. Comprehends and responds to books and other texts
b. Uses emergent reading skills