Professional Development

March 16, 2020

5 Top Literacy Sites for Easy Online Learning

Easily make online reading for kindergarten and first grade possible with these favorite websites.

With all that is changing so quickly, I know that we are all feeling overwhelmed, anxious, and even a bit lost when it comes to tackling this all. Let’s be honest, as teachers, we do more than just provide an education. We provide consistency, a routine, a happy place to learn, and a safe place for our students.

During a time that is filled with uncertainty, it’s nice to be able to provide students at home with things that make things as “normal” as possible. A big part of this means providing remote learning for reading and literacy for our students and children. I have gathered some of the best websites to make online reading for kindergarten and first grade simple.


This site is filled with favorite read alouds by famous people. The texts are animated with their original illustrations! Many I am not familiar with, but either way, they are a fun way to listen to a book! There is so much value in LISTENING to reading. You can even throw in a listening recording page found FREE here if you’d like!


Students can record themselves reading and send the records to their teacher! It can even walk them through an assessment. This site normally is not free, but has been made free for parents and educators through the end of the school year. This is a great way to ensure online reading for kindergarten and first grade while the teacher monitors growth.


If you need a fun and interactive way to practice sight words and help build fluency, you can have a 3-week free trial HERE! Sign up and you’ll be set to go!


This site is gamified and focuses on letter-sound recognition, blending, segmenting, reading sentences, and more! The desktop version is FREE! Check it out HERE for engaging online reading for kindergarten and first grade.


With this online reading for kindergarten site, students of all ages can access fiction and non-fiction reading materials and print books. Teachers are able to easily monitor student progress and even grade things right there! This site is FREE so be sure to sign up now!

If you would like to communicate with parents about these sites for them to use at home, then grab the FREEBIE below!

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    I hope these sites give you some direction and help make this time of teaching online and teaching remotely a bit less hectic. Teachers, we are as strong as they come. We’ve got this!

    If you are looking for easy games for students to play at home with kids, check out THIS POST.

    If you need anything at all, don’t hesitate to reach out in the comments or via email. I am happy to help and I am praying for you!

    Happy Teaching,



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    Hi, I'm Amanda

    I’m a K-1 teacher who is passionate about making lessons your students love and that are easy to implement for teachers.  Helping teachers like you navigate their way through their literacy block brings me great joy. I am a lifelong learner who loves staying on top of current literacy learning and practices. Here, you’ll find the tools you need to move your K-2 students forward!


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    7 Responses

    1. Hi! I was very excited to read about the website that you write as being free through the rest of the school year. When I visit the site, there is nothing saying they are offering this site for free for teachers and parents through the end of this school year. There is a free 2 week trial but that doesn’t take us through the end of the school year. I am a kindergarten teacher and need to find an online site that offers free leveled readers, this one reason I was so excited about news. I am being held responsible for their continued reading growth while off from school during this virus time. Teachers are not permitted back in the school to get books so Headsprouts sounded ideal! Is there a different link that will take me and all of your readers to the correct site? Thank you, Kim

    2. Thank you for sharing this information! It is very helpful! Question. . .do we sign up as a teacher on these sites and have our students log in under us or do the parents need to create an account? What do you suggest?

    3. I just watched the facebook video where you talk about the resources for distant learning but I can not find all of them. Help,please.

      1. Hi Mary! Just circling back to make sure you ended up with everything! Let me know if you have any other questions!

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