The best reading and writing resources for your child
The internet is a wonderful educational resource for children of all ages. If you are a parent who is looking for ideas to help your child read and write better, this reading and writing resources list of educational resources prepared by our teachers will be useful.
Reading, Writing and English resources for children of all ages
We have sourced a variety of learning resources that are suitable for children of all ages. Whether you are looking for resources to teach your toddler to read or to improve your primary school-going child’s reading and writing skills, these resources offer a range of lessons, videos and activities that can make a difference.
This multi-award-winning online reading resource supports your child’s reading journey with age-appropriate and reading activities. The lessons are divided into easy-to-follow segments to teach letters and sounds. Your child learns reading through games and songs and will be rewarded for their efforts with golden eggs and other treasures.
ABC Reading Eggs is a subscription service designed for children aged 2 to 13 years old. You can trial a free lesson on their website. Or you can register for a free 30-day trial before you subscribe.
BBC Learning English offers free audio, videos, and text to teach English to a global audience. The website is suitable for children and teenagers who are learning English as a second language. You will be able to find lessons to suit most levels including grammar, pronunciation, English for everyday situations and so forth.
For younger children, the website offers a series of stories to introduce English. Each story has a printable transcript and activity sheet for parents to help their child learn English. Check out the stories here
Oxford Owl helps your child learn with the expert advice from Oxford University Press teachers. This online resource is suitable for children aged 3 to 11 years old.
eBook Library is a free resource to help your child practise his or her reading skills. The library is impressive and includes fiction, non-fiction as well reading schemes used to teach reading at primary schools. Note: The site is not mobile-friendly so please use your desktop or laptop to access it.
If you are interested in helping your Primary One child learn to read phonics, ‘Learn to read with phonics’ offers a good explanation on phonics and provide useful tips on how you can help your child at home.
Khan Academy is a not-for-profit educational platform for children of all ages. The website is 100% free and focuses on teaching kids core subjects like early literacy, reading, writing, language, and mathematics. Lessons are fun and interactive with tons of activities to enhance learning and memory.
Khan Academy reading and writing resources are available on Apple iTunes, Google Play, and Amazon.
Better Reading is an online community of readers that proposes books to read with your kids. If you have a toddler at home, you probably will have Green Sheep, Hairy Maclary, Peppa the Pig, and Spot books as well.
Before you read your kid’s favourite book again, why not download their free colouring sheets, mazes, puzzles, and craft ideas first? That way, reading will be more fun and enjoyable. We’ve made it easier for you. Right click on the thumbnail to download your favourite story.
All our favourite characters are back to teach your toddler and pre-schooler life skills, numbers, and letters. The website is colourful and full of interesting activities like rhymes, games, songs, videos, and colouring tools to keep your child entertained for hours. It’s a great way to learn and to master computer skills at the same time.
Other interesting finds in this website include Healthy Habits for Life and Explore the Tool Kits. Healthy Habits is a series of videos that teaches your child how to look after their health and wellbeing. Explore is an informational toolkit to help parents dealing with the challenges of modern-day parenting.
For the more ambitious parents, Scholastic offers a range of teaching resources including lesson plans, discussion plans, guides and activities that are used in schools to teach children to read and write. Use the site as a platform to develop ideas to customise your own reading and writing sessions with your child.
Check out the comprehensive lesson plan for The Magic School Bus Wet All Over below. Right click to open the link.
Other ways to enhance your child’s learning journey
A holistic approach to learning is a good balance between online and offline. Your local library is a treasure trove for reading and writing. Here are our top five picks to add to your list of Summer Fun Things to Do With the Kids.
Green Square Zetland Library – the new kid in the block, this six-storey state-of-the-art library was built on reclaimed swamp land. It features an awesome glass pyramid entrance (reminiscent of the Louvre) and a giant aeroplane in the foyer.
Alice in Wonderland finds its way to the Rockdale Library with its books sprouting giant tree bookshelves. There are plenty of nooks and corners for the older kids to curl up and read a book while the young ones attend Baby Rhymetime, Storytime, and Toddlertime.
The State Library of NSW never disappoints. Launched last year, the newly refurbished Children’s Library is a weird and wonderful place filled with flying books and nooks and crannies to keep your child mesmerised for hours. The State Library has a large collection of popular Australian children book writers so why not introduce to them a homegrown story?
Randwick City Library is a family-friendly library with giant bright red and yellow poppies hanging from its ceiling. The library runs a range of activities including a book review for your aspiring junior writer. The summer programme has commenced so it’s time to take the kids for a visit.
New Marrickville Library is a stunning architectural accomplishment. It is a good place to introduce the kids to sustainable building. The library is home to more than 25,000 books so there will be plenty to keep the entire family occupied. In between browsing, let the little ones play on the giant kangaroo.