Welcome to You Oughta Know! This is a blog hop featuring several of my good blogging buddies who will share things that you “oughta know” for your classroom. Make sure to hop over to each person’s blog to learn a few new things. Now if you ask me, I think you oughta know about FarFaria.
Do you have digital devices in your elementary classroom and are searching for an interactive digital library? FarFaria would be a perfect fit for your classroom. FarFaria is an app available for iPad or Android that contains over 700 illustrated children’s books. These books cover so many subjects and books genres for children up to grade 4.
I discovered this app a few weeks ago, and I wish that I had found it before the school year ended. I absolutely love this app, especially considering that I just got a few digital devices for my classroom. I also use the Daily 5 so this will work perfectly for Read to Self, Read to Someone, and Listen to Reading.
On the main page, FarFaria shows new books that have been added as well as books that fit in with popular current themes. For example in the above picture, Father’s Day is around the corner so they show various books to read with dad.
Here’s a few things that I love about this app. First, there are 5 new books added each week. This will definitely guarantee that your students will stay engaged with a variety of new books. Next, the books on FarFaria are leveled from Pre-Readers to Fluent Readers. I am not sure how accurate this is, but it does give you and your students direction as to which kinds of books they should be reading based on their levels.
There is an option for each story to be read-aloud, which I love. Non-readers or emergent readers can still enjoy these stories. This is excellent for independent reading time.
There is this awesome See the World feature that groups stories based on a common theme. Here I chose to visit Mt. Make Believe. Within Mt. Make Believe are stories that are make believe that your students can read. You can also save the books that you enjoy in your favorites.
FarFaria is free to download from the app store (iPad) (Android). With this download, you can read one story for free each day.Full access for all of the books starts at $3.99 per month or $39.99 for the year. On the FarFaria website (www.farfaria.com), they are giving 10,000 teachers a free, year-long subscription. I don’t know how many they have left but I would suggest that you sign up as soon as you can! Just in case you miss out, visit my blog next week for a three month subscription giveaway for FarFaria!