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Ms. Gates from Los Angeles CA is requesting Technology through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Listening to Reading Creates Voracious Readers!

My students need 4 personal CD players, 8 headphones, and a splitter so a pair of students can listen to the same story at the listening center.

  • $405 goal

This project expired on December 16, 2014.

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My Students

"Read it again, Mrs. Gates!" shout my first graders enthusiastically as soon as I close the book. My students love to be read to and are ready to become voracious readers themselves.

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." - Emilie Buchwald But what if the parents are not readers?

Or they don't have the time or resources? What happens to the children that do not get read to consistently? My class of 23 first graders are curious, energetic and eager to learn. I teach in a Title I school where the majority of the students qualify for free lunch. It is located in a densely populated area of South Los Angeles. My students come from high poverty, working class homes where many parents lack the time, resources, or knowledge to provide an academically enriching home life. Bedtime stories and trips to the library are not commonplace. Despite this, the students are eager and willing to learn. And my goal is to instill in them a love of reading. I learned to read at the age of 3. I have fond memories of curling in bed with my mom at bedtime. I want to instill in my kids a love of reading by creating a literacy-rich, positive environment.

My Project

My students' favorite authors are currently Mo Willems and Eric Carle. They want to read these books over and over. However, these books are still above their reading level. That shouldn't stop my students from enjoying great literature. With the requested materials, I plan to establish a listening station. My students need 4 personal CD players, 8 headphones, and a splitter so a pair of students can listen to the same story at the listening center. Every day during our Language Arts centers, the students will rotate through this station to be able to listen to their favorites stories. There will be several books available along with the CD player and headphones. They can sit in a corner of the library and listen to the book independently or with a partner. This set-up will not only deepen their love of reading by building positive reading memories but will help them build reading foundational skills. When listening to audio books, students can point to the words and read along to high interest books. This builds their sight word knowledge, strengthens their phonics development, and helps them chunk sentences to read them more fluently.

Learning to read is as much about enjoying good literature (no matter who's reading it) as reading on your own.

Creating a positive relationship with reading is an important part of becoming a fluent reader. Please help us build a community of voracious readers by funding our project.

Ms. Gates
Grades PreK-2
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Kidz Gear Wired Headphones For Kids - Green • Amazon $19.99 8 $159.92
Supersonic SC252 Personal MP3/CD Player • Amazon $22.40 4 $89.60
Kidz Gear Stereo Headphone Splitter Adapter Cable • Amazon $5.99 4 $23.96
Belkin Rockstar Multi Headphone Splitter (Light Green) • Amazon $10.48 1 $10.48

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