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Outstanding online library of digital books for kids who can provide proof of print disability, such as blindness or low vision, a learning disability, or a physical disability that makes it difficult or impossible to read standard print.

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With this self-publishing tool, kids can read, create, and share their own books online. Some books on the site are educational, written by adults to help kids learn in their own ways; others, written and illustrated by kids of all ages, are just fun to read.

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Fun way to turn your own images into realistic cartoons. The design tools are fairly easy to use and provide plenty of options -- kids will enjoy creating a visual version of a narrative story.

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Interactive, kid-friendly news source gives kids the scoop. They can browse or search for short, punchy articles full of photos and other goodies, selecting grade level or categories such as Science, Sports, Green, or Amazing.

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Companion site to the TV show is a stimulating place for kids to learn reading skills such as letter sounds, spelling, and grammar. Guided by the friendly faces from the TV show.


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Help Your Child at Home

  • Create a family vocabulary blog: Use social media such as Pinterest or a collaboration app such as Evernote to save interesting words your family finds and discuss them together.
  • Take note of real-life chances to discuss times tables; if your family eats three meals a day, how many meals do you eat in a week?
  • Develop a politeness policy, including behavioral expectations for your child and other family members. Make it clear that taking turns, listening, and saying "please" all are important at home and at school.