I teach at an inner city, low income school. I currently have 16 first graders. This is my first year teaching in this district, fourth year overall. We are piloting a new inclusion program where I, a special education teacher, teach along side a general education teacher full time. I have been able to see first hand all the benefits to this program for both the special education students in the classroom, and the general education students as well, but as you can imagine, it creates a very diverse classroom with many different types of learners and needs.
In order to meet and work with every student daily, my co-teacher and I have created reading stations in our classroom. We each meet with 2 groups a day. While we are working with our groups, the other students participate in a variety of reading and writing activities during stations. One of most popular stations is our listening station. At this station, students find a book that they want to listen to, put the CD in the CD player, and follow along as the book is read to them. While I do love this station, I would like to add more options to it. Leap Frog has created books and a pen so that students can go over the words as the pen reads it out loud to them. The students are still able to have the book read to them, but they also have to follow along word by word. This will help with their listening comprehension, as well as their sight word recognition. I remember when I was their age, Leap Frog was how I learned to read.
Leap Frog offers such a variety of levels that would meet the needs of all the students in the classroom.
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