My students need a Kindle Fire to listen to stories as they learn to read. I have minimal technologies available for them that are functional.
First graders headphones are held together by masking tape! My students have broken cassette recorders on which to listen to stories. A Kindle would help reading come alive for those who cannot yet read to themselves.
Research states that children who are read to make more progress learning to read than those who are not.
Twenty seven First Graders, half of whom are second language learners, need to hear the rhythm of language and experience the magic of reading, as they learn to read. My students enjoy a listening center, while I am teaching their friends how to read. Our class has little technologies, no computers, no e-readers, only cassette recorders and plastic CD players. Their interest in learning to read would soar with stories brought to life with a Kindle!
Imagine 27 first graders laying around the classroom with headphones on, absorbed in stories. Now imagine masking tape holding together the headphones, and children holding them to their ears so they won't fall off. Imagine cassette recorders whose batteries dwindle and die in the middle of the story. With a new Kindle to share, my students will be able to see the stories come alive, be read to, have difficult words read for them and learn to use new technology that is unavailable to them! Their interest in reading would be elevated to new heights!
One Kindle would enable my students to listen to, read, and hear stories unavailable to them in cassette form.
They would also begin to learn how to use technology in their world that will be technologically driven in ways I can't even begin to imagine. It will be a bright beginning for kids who deserve it and NEED it!
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