May 23, 2012

Web Wednesday

There are so many cool sites available for kids and families!  We would like to share some fun ones with you.

The first site I would like to share with you is The Story Home.  The Story Home is run by Alan and Sharon Scofield.  The site's mission is "to provide original and classic children’s audio stories for free, to delight and inspire children and their families, throughout the world.  The Story Home offers an authentic place for curiosity, imagination, and self discovery."

The website is a user-friendly way to engage your child with audio stories from your home computer!  The site uses several different search features.  You may search by genre of story such as Classic, Fairytale, Sports, or Bedtime.  You can even search by length of story, depending on the listener's attention span.  Once you find a story you would like to listen to, simply hit the play button under the title, and bam!  You can sit back, relax, and enjoy a story read by Alan.

The site even has an iPhone app!  For $1.99, you can take your stories on the road.  They give you three free stories to begin and then any additional downloads are .99.  If you choose to go this route, the stories are illustrated by a single picture throughout the tale.  You may want to check out a book version and your child can follow along with the illustrations as Alan narrates the story for them.

This site is a great find for parents who want to encourage literacy to fit in with your busy lives.