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iPods in the Kinder Classroom: The Joy of Books Read Aloud
My students need 8 iPods to listen to books read fluently and with expression. This allows students to work independently and to hear books read to them at a variety of levels.
As a child, there is nothing like hearing a great story read aloud, fluently and with expression. Unfortunately, the time for read alouds is quickly dwindling. Incorporating iPods into my daily literacy stations will give each child the opportunity to hear a multitude of books read aloud to them.
I have 24 high energy, fun, caring, loving, and motivated students in my kindergarten classroom.
All of my students love to learn and experience new things each day. Hands-on activities is a must for us! They attend a public school where the expectations are rising daily. Some students come to kindergarten reading, while others need additional guidance and support to reach the end of the year goals. In order to reach these goals, new and creative strategies are needed.
A child doesn't truly appreciate books until they hear one read aloud. To watch a child's face change with the emotion of the characters, and to hear them laugh out loud as they put themselves into the characters situations, is priceless. But, unfortunately there is less and less time to read books aloud as a class.
iPod shuffles will give my students an opportunity to hear any book we choose read aloud to them while they are working independently . I currently have my students moving through three literacy stations a day. One of which is "Listening to Reading". The children adore this station and it is academically very beneficial to them. We ask students to read fluently and with expression, and by listening to a recorded story, they are given a model to follow. I currently have 8-10 students moving through that station at a time, and I would love to have iPods so that each child can have their own book to listen to.
With an iPod I will be able to record any book that I have in my classroom for the students to enjoy.
I will also be able to get colleagues involved in the process by having them record books for the children to listen to also. It will be such a treat to hear the principal reading a book one day, and then one of the students' parents the next. I am asking that you please help me in making this wish a reality for both me and the kids. Thank you for your consideration.
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