Educational Website Review – Oxford Owl: Free Ebooks and Activities!

A few weeks ago I wrote a review on the website ‘Study Ladder’ which I love and have been using for years! Well this review is a bit different because I have only recently discovered this website, but am loving it all the same! It’s called Oxford Owl Reading and is a UK website. I’m not sure of the reasons why, but the UK seem to have a LOT of really great educational websites!

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Anyway, I stumbled across this website when I was searching for free kids ebooks. However, the website actually has a lot more than just ebooks! Here’s a look at the positives and negatives of Oxford Owl Reading!

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Positives:

- you are able to choose the age level of your child (the books are therefore tailored to suit their ability and interests)

- there are tips and ideas for parents that are listed at the start of each book (ideas for before, during and after reading)

- there is a large range of ebooks available

- all of the ebooks are free

- there is no need to register or sign up for anything!

- there are a couple of follow up activities that go with each of the books (for example: punctuation activities, fill in the gaps etc)

- the website has a home section and a school section

- each story is read aloud allowing children to follow along

- children can choose the genre of book they would like to read (fiction, non-fiction, myths and legends etc)

- there is a visual library so it’s easy for children to view and choose books that interest them

- there are great ideas for quick and simple language games you can play with your child at home

- there are simple tips for helping guide children through the different stages of reading development

- an expert help section is available with interesting articles from experts in reading education

- there is a ‘Kids Barn’ section with lots of fun games and activities

- There is also a maths section of the website

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Negatives

- the words aren’t highlighted as they are read which may make it difficult for children to follow along

- you have to click on the books with an ‘e’ (the others are print books you can order)

- some of the books (particularly in the 3-4 age group) have pictures but no written text (there is audio, but no words on the page).

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If you would like to find out more, the address for this website is: http://www.oxfordowl.co.uk/Reading

 

It really is a great website… and the fact that it’s free and involves no registering or signing up is just brilliant! Perfect for kids that love technology (which lets face it… is most of them nowadays!).

Comments

  1. Thanks for this idea, will check it out. Always searching for some good ones with the kids!

  2. My children are in a British school. The reason why the early reading books only have pictures is because they want the child to look and grasp the picture and then tell you what is going on in the picture. It’s the first step to reading comprehension. Knowing that a picture tells a story.

    • Bake*Play*Smile says:

      Hi Karen,
      Absolutely! I couldn’t agree more! I also use wordless books with older students too to as it really promotes creativity, imagination and comprehension.
      You are very lucky living in the UK as there are so many wonderful educational websites developed there! :-) Lucy

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