Oxford Owl is a great site for beginning readers! There are a lot of ebooks that are at an emergent reader level with lots of predictable and repeated text so perfect for the Kindergarten or 1st grade student. They can listen to the story read aloud or turn the speaking off and read it themselves. A plus is that there are activities to use at the end of the stories to check comprehension. Take a look and see what you think! (and enjoy the English accents of the readers)
Little by little I’m getting used to being back in a classroom after 3 years of teaching my tech classes to K-5. But it’s taking a bit longer to get used to a classroom of 1st graders. I had forgotten how busy they can be for a whole day since it’s been about 12 years or so since I was at this grade. I’ve found that putting a story up on the SmartBoard at the end of the day lets us have a very relaxing last 10 minutes. I’m able to remind individual kids of things they forgot to do to get ready to go home, I can pick up the bits and pieces that have been left around and the kids walk out with me in a much calmer state. One site I like to use is this KOL site, in particular the Arthur stories. 1st graders love these stories and they sit enthralled as the story unfolds showing the actual illustrations of the book and highlighting the text as it’s read aloud. There are other story categories listed on the left side of the web site but Arthur is the favorite.
Leading to Reading is a site by RIF that is another source for online read alouds. They have it grouped into a section called Babies and Toddlers and one for Preschoolers but the books are entirely appropriate for K and 1 with some perhaps for 2nd grade – specifically The Snowy Day. You can find the 2 sections HERE and HERE. If you are interested in even more read aloud sites I have more links on my school web site HERE.