My kindergarteners are an active bunch of youngsters. Their desire to learn everything around them is heartwarming. They are extremely energetic, loving, and excited about learning each day they enter my classroom. I teach at an inner city school located in Pittsburgh.
While my students are motivated by their dreams and engaged by the opportunities presented to them, due to economic challenges within the community, school, and district, our resources are at times limited.
As their teacher my primary goal is to provide them with the best learning environment possible. Watching them grow into avid readers, writers, and independent thinkers are among some of my favorite aspects of teaching kindergarten.
With that being said, I think a listening center that is equipped with a variety of fiction, nonfiction, informational text, etc. would serve as an excellent resource in our classroom.
Do you remember getting hooked on a series of books as a child? Or how about the excitement that overcame you as you received the Scholastic book flyer? My students are as equally thrilled when it comes to new and stimulating literature. Their love for reading ranges from fiction, to nonfiction, poems, nursery rhymes, informational text and more!
Although many of my students may not be fluent readers at this point in the school year, why not start them on the path to becoming one?
A listening center enables a group of students to listen to a variety of literature being read aloud to them on CD. Hearing text read aloud fosters fluency, expression, comprehension, background knowledge, prosody...the list goes on.
The listening center we currently use works; however, four students are typically sharing 1 book. As you can imagine this doesn't always go over well - some can't see the pictures, they all want to turn the page at the same time, and they often race to get to the seat where the one and only book lies. For kindergarten, sharing is caring..but sharing can also be tough. I am asking for seven different sets of read-along materials.
So why not help give these kiddos a fair and equal chance at holding their very own book, all while being able to turn the page themselves without little to no interruption from their peers. With ever changing technology and educating youth in the 21st century, let's not let the love of reading a tangible book go away.
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