My students need a listening center to increase their desire to read and hear good literature.
I work in a Title 1 school in Central Phoenix. The majority of our students are on free or reduced lunch. Many of my students come from homes with limited literature resources but they love to participate in hearing stories and reading.
Hearing stories and following along is a lot of fun for my students.
Our school has limited technology to reinforce reading skills. The school does have limited access to computers and online reading programs but a working listening center will allow my students to hold a real book and have it read to them.
The listening center will be used daily by groups of students to enjoy good literature. Everybody likes to hear a good story and when students are able to follow along with their own book their fluency it greatly increased.
Our reading program offers CD's that have our main and leveled readers for student to access, however we do not have the listening centers to allow for this extra activity.
Our library also has many listening center stories for checkout (multiple copies of books with a CD or audiotape). With the listening center kids will have the opportunity to read for enjoyment and fluency 3 different stories a week during our leveled reading time.
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