The next component that I introduce is Listen to Reading. For me, this is quite possibly the Daily that I'd like to improve the most!
Currently, I have two "Listening Centers" set up in my classroom. Two children can use each center during a session (for a total of 4 students.) Right now, that is the ONLY choice they have for Listen to Reading!
Last year, I finally let go of my "books on tape" and switched to all CDs. There are approximately 10 books & CDs in each Listening Center. I keep the books and CDs in Ziploc bags for easy storage. Children can choose any book they'd like... they just have to agree with their partner!
As you can imagine, the most difficult part of this Daily is teaching children to whisper when they have their headphones on! It's hard to remember just how loud our voices are when we have headphones on and are singing along with the "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" book! When first introducing Listen to Reading, I usually model what happens when headphones are on and we sing along with the song. Yes, children's hands soon cover their ears as I belt out my rendition of "Puff, the Magic Dragon." However, it helps them to see just how loud it is if we sing or read along in our regular voices.
What would I like to do with Listen to Reading? I've heard great things about Tag Readers. I think they could be a useful tool. I've also heard about a lot of "Listen to Reading" websites. A few of them include:
*Tumblebooks (There is a free section, but also a more extensive paid section.)
*Storylineonline (Stories read aloud by actors)
*Speakaboos (Folk Tales, Fairy Tales, Nursery Rhymes, Songs)
*Storynory (a new audio story added weekly)
Websites for me are a double-edged sword. Yes, they provide great sites for listening... but currently, I only have one classroom computer available. :(
My friend Jacquie also purchased individual CD players so that her Listening Centers are portable! I believe she got a few CD players and puts them in a bag with a book & CD. I love this idea! If I can get some CD players, I think I'd buy little plastic tubs to keep them in. That way, I could have the CD player and a few books in each tub. I'm on the lookout for sales! :)
I'm curious to hear your ideas for Listen to Reading. What can I add?