I work with students from a low socio economic back ground. Over half of our students receive free or reduced lunch. We are a Title 1 school. My students are at a disadvantage even before they come into the classroom. Learning begins at home. However when distractions of life impede the process learning is stifled. This is the struggle my students face. My students enjoy coming to school just as a way of escape from having to make grown up decisions in life.
Igniting hope through reading is a way of giving back to my students.
Listening stations will encourage reading more. Listening stations will build fluency. Listening stations will increase a yearning to want to read. I believe that once a student hears the book come to life they will want to hear the stories over and over again. I enjoy listening to audio books while driving and in my spare time, so I know my students will want to listen to stories more. Not being able to read will no longer be a barrier because as students listen and follow along they will be able to pick up words and increase their vocabulary.
Allowing students to read using audio books will enhance their desire for reading and hopefully increase ability to want to read better. Books will come to life for the student. Hearing the words come off the page allows the student to better visualize the story.
Hearing a story for the first time brings it to life.
As the story is being read the student gets to take part in the action. Being able to hear the story being read will boost students desire for reading. Seeing and hearing goes hand in hand. Students will be excited to read, knowing they don't have to struggle.
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