Online Animated Storybooks

There are many sites that offer online picture books for kids.  Here a few that I have come across:

Tumblebooks is a fantastic resource.  It has well over 200 books.  They all have the words highlighted as they are read. Another great feature is that the length of time is written so that you can plan according to how much time you have.  Tumblebooks requires a subscription but can be accessed easily by going through the website of a public library that subscribes to it.
Here is a link through such a library:

Storyline Online
This site from the screen actors guild offers 25 books read by well known actors.  All the stories are streamed through youtube but offers an alternative in case your school blocks youtube.  They also indicate the length of the stories and offer suggested activities to go along with them.

Kids AOL jr.
This site offers many stories categorized by topic (animals, families, fairy tales and rhyming).  The category that is perhaps the most interesting is the Arthur series by Marc Brown.  There are 15 Arthur stories (the original books, not the animated series).  The words are highlighted as they are read.

Read to Me

Online Storytime from Barnes & Noble

Aesops Fables

Gullah Tales

requires a subscription but can be accessed through learn quebec for quebec public schools.


Wow!  Cookie is a new website I recently came across.  It is a goldmine for teachers (and parents) of young kids between the ages of 3 and 8.  It has online games, short animated videos, worksheets and stories.
They are all organized into different categories like language, math, science, puzzles and many more.
For a teacher it's a great place to quickly find a game or worksheet for students to work on a specific skill being taught.  Children can work on sequencing activities, phonics and alphabet activities, counting and math activities, personal hygiene, months of the year... a very wide array of themes.  It's worth a look!
The games are great worked on a computer alone but are also great played on a smartboard.


Being a teacher often means that you do a lot of work from home to prepare for class.  I finish up class presentations, write report cards and prepare lessons as often from my home computer as I do my school computer.  Dropbox has helped me tremendously by allowing me to share folders between these two computers.  Dropbox is a free folder that you install on your computer and that will allow you to share across computers.  All you have to do is install it on whatever other computers (or smart phone or tablet) you use and all those files and folders you store in the dropbox are always available.  Another great feature of dropbox is that you can share a folder with other people.  I share folders with colleagues so that we can both have access to lessons we are collaborating on.  It's also an easy way to share documents without the need of a memory stick.  The free account gives you 2GB of storage but you can earn more space by completing simple getting started tasks or by referring your friends.  If you use my referral link you will also be granted an extra 500mb of space.  You can also subscribe to get even more space but I find that for my purposes the free account is plenty.

Math Worksheets

I am always looking for good free websites to make quick extra math pages for my students.  These two sites offer a new random assortment each time when practicing addition or subtraction.  I go to them often.  : has a big assortment of worksheets including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, order of operations... much more than I can list on this blog.  It is definitely worth a look.  What I most like about it is that after you enter your parameters (for example no number bigger than 10 or no carrying... etc) it generates a new random worksheet each time.  Another amazing thing is that it is completely free! : is another great free website to use.  It is categorized by grade level and covers arithmetic, time, money and measurement.  It's another one I use all the time.