Friday, July 10, 2015

Tried THIS Alternative?

We all know the importance of reading aloud to children.
Listening to books read aloud by a parent instills a love of reading.  It makes children aware of the connection between speech and print.  It models expressive reading and increases their vocabulary.  
But let’s face it, we don’t always feel like it.
Sometimes our days are just so busy that by the end of it we are too exhausted to read a story (um you know, like YOU’RE the one who falls asleep mid bedtime story, not them Lol)!
Or maybe you’re away on summer vacation and forgot to pack books...
What do we do then?
I’m going to let you in on a little secret… you don’t have to read to them.  
That’s right, take a break!
Let them listen to a story on tape or CD…
Are you  aware of just how COOL the libraries are now?
Seriously, they have an abundance of pretty awesome resources.  
Like… books on tape or CD!
They often come in a box WITH the book so your child can follow along as they listen!  
I have to admit that every once in awhile while I was a classroom teacher,  I would pop one in during storytime.  
At first I felt guilty.
Then I realized, the kids LOVE it!  The sound effects were way more exciting than my voice!  It was a nice change!
or online!
There are also some wonderful FREE websites & apps where kids can listen to stories being read aloud.  Just hand them a tablet/ipad, a phone or a computer and let them listen away!  
A few great FREE sites I found:

Happy reading,
Preschool Reading Specialist & Owner, Preschool Readers
PPS Wondering if the Preschool Readers program is the right fit for your child? Find out here!


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