If your children like spending time on the computer, you may find yourself searching the Internet for sites that are not only enjoyable for them to visit but educational as well. Storyline Online (www.storylineonline.net) is just such a site.
Created by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation, this site features videos of well-known actors reading favorite picture books out loud. For example, the first story on the list is To Be a Drum by Evelyn Coleman, read by James Earl Jones. Just click on the image of the book, and then choose your Internet connection speed. The story will load, and you’ll see the actor introduce the story. As he begins to read, the illustrations are displayed on the screen in a way that’s sure to capture a child’s attention.
There are a number of other books currently available on the site, including:
- Guji Guji by Chih Yuan Chen, read by Robert Guillaume
- Sebastian’s Roller Skates by Joan De Due Prats, read by Caitlin Wachs
- Sophie’s Masterpiece by Eileen Spinelli, read by CCH Pounder
- Stallaluna by Janell Cannon, read by Pamela Reed
- Wilfird Gordon McDonald Partridge by Mem Fox, read by Bradley Whitford
- No Mirrors in My Nana’s House by Ysaye M. Barnwell, read by Tia and Tamera Mowry
- The Night I Followed the Dog by Nina Laden, read by Amanda Bynes
- Thank you, Mr. Falker by Patricia Polacco, read by Jane Kaczmarek
- My Rotten Redheaded Older Brother by Patricia Polacco, read by Melissa Gilbert
- Knots on a Counting Rope by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault, read by Bonnie Bartlett and William Daniels
- Brave Irene by William Steig, read by Al Gore
- A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon, read by Sean Astin
- Private I. Guana by Nina Laden, read by Esai Morales
- Somebody Loves You, Mr. Hatch by Eileen Spinelli, read by Hector Elizondo
- The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg, read by Lou Diamond Phillips
- Me and My Cat by Satoshi Kitamura, read by Elijah Wood
- Dad, Are You the Tooth Fairy? by Jason Alexander, read by Jason Alexander
- When Pigasso Met Mootisse by Nina Laden, read by Eric Close
- Romeow and Drooliet by Nina Laden, red by Haylie Duff
- Enemy Pie by Derek Munson, read by Camryn Manheim
But that’s not all. You’ll find links for related activities you can do with your students after they hear the story. The Activity Guide is a downloadable PDF file that not only includes the activities, but also features lists of related Internet sites and books, as well as information about the author and the actor — helpful resources for homeschoolers who like to supplement their curriculum or create their own unit studies.
So if your little one is looking for something new to do on the computer, visit Storyline Online. Listen to the story and try some of the activities. You can also find the same book in your library and then read it aloud together. Either way, the reading adventure continues!
Guest Blogger: Samantha Bell