English Resources for Kids & Parents

How Can I Help My Child Improve Their English?

One of the most important factors in teaching language to children is forming positive perceptions and giving them as much input as possible. The best way to help your child improve their English skills is to help them incorporate it into their daily lives in a way that is interesting and fun.  
Please find below a small selection of online resources that are useful for children who are learning English. For online resources for adults and teenagers click here.

Sites for Parents

Activities and suggestions to get kids and teens reading and writing http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/

How Can I Help with Spelling & Word Study?

Here you can download some suggestions on how to help your child with spelling.

Useful information about improving reading comprehension and critical thinking as well as other language arts resources http://www.k12reader.com/reading-comprehension-guide/
This site provides lots of reading help for parents, mentors, and teachers.  It has a section entitled “Helping Struggling Readers” that is particularly helpful for anyone with reluctant readers or children who seem to be slower to catch on. http://www.readingrockets.org/helping
The British Council’s site offers printable resources and a support section for parents who want to help their children learn English as a Second Language outside of the classroom http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/parents

Dictionaries

Offers a variety of printable activities and has useful online children’s picture dictionary http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html
Merriam Webster’s children’s dictionary http://www.learnersdictionary.com/
Reading for Younger Learners & Beginners. Teaches children to read with phonics (preschool – Grade 2 & ESL learners) http://www.starfall.com/ 
Fables, tales and other stories to listen to http://www.speakaboos.com/
Vocabulary building videos and songs from the children’s TV series Sesame Street http://www.sesamestreet.org
Preschool story library http://www.storyplace.org/preschool/other.asp

Interactive Reading, Listening & Writing Activities

The children’s site of the National Geographic helps you learn about world cultures and animals http://www.ngkids.co.uk/
Current news reporting, but with a slant toward what kids are most interested in. http://www.timeforkids.com/around-the-world
Link to various sites with news for kids http://www.educational-freeware.com/news/news-for-kids.aspx
Fun, educational games that help students develop early reading and language skills http://www.earobics.com/gamegoo/gooey.html
You’ll find things to make, lots of games and information about popular BBC children’s programs http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/
Kids write their own animated stories and read others written by kids http://zimmertwins.com/

Vocabulary & Spelling

Gathers links to vocabulary puzzles designed to enhance development of vocabulary. Those puzzles include word puzzles where the root of a word and the meaning of the root are provided. http://www.vocabulary.com/
Provides the definition of a daily word that is generally chosen based on a weekly theme. Exploring words can enrich students’ understanding and use of language as well as nurture their interest in words. http://www.wordsmith.org/words/today.html
Enter in your own spelling words and practice spelling www.spellingcity.com/
Matching activities of words put together by grade level http://www.eduplace.com/kids/hmsv/smg/

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