You Oughta Know About…FarFaria


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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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!

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21 comments

  1. WOW!! Thank you so much for letting us know about the free subscription to FarFaria!! I downloaded it and LOVE it!!

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    1. No problem! I'm glad that you like it. I can't wait to use it in my classroom this year.

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  2. Very useful idea! Thank you for sharing!

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  3. This sounds like an incredible app. So many stories. Thanks for sharing. And, thank you for sponsoring this blog hop. So glad to be a part of this creative group of teachers!
    Debbie
    Crockett's Classroom, Forever in Third Grade

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    1. Debbie, I'm so glad to have you! Yes, this app is so great. I love the variety of stories and levels.

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  4. Wow! Thank you! I got my free one year subscription! What a great resource! Thanks for hosting this blog hop! Excited to be a part of it!!

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    1. Thanks for participating Pam! I'm glad they still have subscriptions available. It is definitely a must-have app!

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  5. Love this!! Thank you so much for sharing and hosting this blog hop!

    Linda
    The Purple Teacher

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    1. It is pretty cool! Make sure to get your free year-long subscription.

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  7. Thank you for sharing! I have a couple iPads in my classroom and I have been in desperate need of some new, good apps! This one looks amazing!

    Tiffany
    KTeacherTiff

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    1. I'm so glad that you participated and I hope that you are able to get the year membership. This app will be amazing to use on your iPads.

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    1. Yea, me either until I found it. I'm just mad that I did not find it sooner! lol

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  9. This is awesome! I am so glad I found your blog! I just signed up for my subscription!

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    1. Welcome and thanks so much for finding my blog!!

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  10. I found your blog through the TpT forums and love this post! I gotta have this app... Thank you! I'm signing up for your next blog hop now!

    Daisy Designs

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    1. Thanks for visiting! Yes, it is a great app. I can't wait to have you join the next one!

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