GCA Library Tools
Welcome to the Grace Christian Academy Library. Our goal is to support the curriculum of GCA, teach 21st century literacy skills, and engender a LOVE of learning and of books. All to the glory of God our savior, who is the Word.
Tools for Parents
Reading aloud to children improves reading prosody and comprehension, writing and communication skills, logical thinking and concentration, and general academic skill. When parents read to their children, a love of reading is sparked. Here are some books lists and other tools to help engender a love of reading:
Reading Rockets: A wealth of research-based reading strategies, lessons, and activities
ReadWriteThink: Includes book lists and reading interactives
AdLit: A rich, multimedia library of free, research-based resources to support your students in grades 6-12.
Common Sense Media: Wondering if a book, movie or TV show is appropriate for your child? Check out these expert reviews.
This site not only lists great, wholesome reads for your kids, it also includes a blog and other resources to help your family grow in faith.
Plugged in is sponsored by Focus on the Family; it provides reviews of movies, TV, games, music and books from a Christian Worldview.
Growing Kids for the Kingdom
Growing Kids for the Kingdom has a goal of supporting parents as they raise kids to know and love God, reflect his character, and share his love with others.
Tools for Elementary Students
Biblionasium: This site is a safe, fun social reading community for sharing ideas about books.
Storyline Online: Provides streamed videos of books read by actors.
TEL4U: The Tennessee Electronic Library's Kids site includes homework help, State History, EBooks, Educational Games, Simple Research Tools and a Coding Club. The lists are carefully curated to provide a safe environment for children.
PebbleGo: Want to do research? This is the site for K-4th grade kids. Ask your teacher for the student login.
Williamson County Public Library Ebooks: Just sign into your public library account for access to thousands of titles. Check out Tumblebooks, featuring audio, video and read alouds.
Tools for 5th-12th Grade Students
Purdue OWL Writing Lab: One stop shop for writing, research and citation information.
TEL: Hundreds of databases, including audio, articles, video and primary sources.
Citation Machine: Includes information on plagiarism and citations as well as a citation maker.
Media and Digital Literacy
Axis: Connecting Jesus, Parents and Kids in a digital world
NetSmartz: Resources for parents, kids and communities for negotiating the digital world wisely and safely.
Common Sense Media Digital Citizenship Curriculum: A Digital citizenship curriculum for K-12.
Book Reviews and Suggestions for Christian Books