http://www.isbe.state.il.us/bilingual/default.htm This is the ESL/bilingual division of the Illinois State Board of Education. It provides leadership, advocacy and support to districts, policymakers and citizens by promoting equitable access to language support services for students from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds that have been identified as English Language Learners.
http://learnenglishkids.britishcouncil.org/en/ Learn English Kids: This is a website designed by the British Council, the United Kingdom's international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities. The website can be converted into six languages besides English and has several children’s activities for learning English. Please note that some spellings and pronunciations are the British English.
http://www.literactive.com/Home/index.asp Literactive: A literacy website with interactive games for literacy learning. It has free registration but be aware that some of the vowels sounds are a not completely correct.
http://www.colorincolorado.org/ Colorín Colorado is a website for teachers and parents of English Language Learners. You'll find lots of articles, resources, and ideas to support ELLs at school and at home.
http://www.illinoisparents.org/ This website is supported by the Illinois State Board of Education and has resources for families and schools to strengthen school communities.
http://www.afk.com/ Asia for Kids offers bilingual children’s’ books in many different languages. Their collection includes books, language textbooks, videos & DVD, audio CD, software, crafts, dolls, games, posters, crafts, t-shirts and resource materials for parents and teachers.
http://www.starfall.com/ Reading, Vocabulary development, Phonics, etc. Fantastic resource for the students learning English as a Second Language.
http://www.brainpopjr.com/ Educational movies for K-3 students. Homework Help. Leveled quizzes, games and activities for kids. Exceptional resource for teachers and homeschools.
http://elizabethclaire.com/store/ Elizabeth Claire’s Easy English News .Resources for teaching and learning English (Easy English News Newspaper – one of these resources that is interesting for both, students and their parents.
Martha Speaks - There are several vocabulary words introduced in each episode with a review at the end Word Girl – There are several vocabulary words introduced in each episode with a review at the end
Super Why – Uses letter sounds and words to solve a problem in a story
Word World – Focuses on words, using the right words and building words
The Electric Company – Focuses on using wordplay and reading skills to solve a problem
Sesame Street – Strong focus on letters and numbers
If your child likes science, Wild Kratts is a show about animals, Sid the Science Kid is about general science concepts and Dinosaur Train features a family of dinosaurs that learn about other kinds of dinosaurs in various time periods.
http://www.tumblebooks.com/library/asp/home_tumblebooks.asp - a link to Tumblebooks from the Peoria Public Library web site. When you get to this site, click the link that says Ebooks, chose “Tumblebooks library” and visit the books and puzzles. To use Tumblebooks, you must access it from the library web site.
Mango Languages – Free language database offered through the library’s website (www.peoriapubliclibrary.org). Go to the library’s main website, under the Research tab, click All Databases, and then select Mango Languages. You will need your library card number to access the database.
Hooked on Phonics – A reading program for various grade levels available to rent
Leapfrog videos – This a series of learning videos that focuses on letters, letter sounds, putting words together. There are also a couple of math videos as well.
Meet the Sight Words – This is a series of videos that help emerging readers learn their sight words.
Rock N’ Learn – This is a series of videos that covers an array of topics. Their Rock ‘N Learn Writing Strategies is an excellent video for help in writing. The videos are suitable for all ages.
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