Home Reading Program and Log

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Another resource is up on The Jordan Project Teachers pay Teachers Store this week.  Today’s resource are the series of handouts I used to organize my home reading program.  At the start of our home reading program I would send home the Reading Log Handout, which outlines the expectations of our reading program as well as tips for reading with a child in the home.  The log would be packaged with an appropriate reading level book in a large zip lock freezer bag.  When the time came, for my extra avid readers I would simply print off and add extra reading log pages to their home reading package.  Below you can read the handout I sent home to parents which outlines the simple but effective structure of my home reading program.  From there, head over to the store to download the entire Home Reading Package.   Continue reading “Home Reading Program and Log”

Ed Tech Review of TumbleBooks and The Importance of eBooks and Audiobooks for Reading Development

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Another Ed Tech review is up on the Yellin Center Blog, this time about a suite of eBook and audiobook resources called TumbleBooks.  You can head over to my review to learn about the ages each application is appropriate for, as well as all the teacher and librarian resources that are integrated right into the program.

However, what my review doesn’t elaborate is how vital eBooks and audiobooks are for developing the literacy skills of struggling or reluctant readers.  Beyond being below grade level in reading ability, one additional challenge struggling readers have to combat is a lack of background knowledge.  Often we glean vital information from texts that help us create connections, encode new ideas and enrich our learning experience across curricular areas. However, without exposure to this content struggling readers are unable to build a wealth of prior knowledge which can often lead to challenges in all academic areas.  Therefore, when designing literacy interventions the lack of exposure to new vocabulary, a variety of content and diverse ideas needs to be accounted for.  This is where audiobook and eBooks become an invaluable resource.  These mediums allow students to access the same rich content as their peers, and build their knowledge base without hinging on their decoding or comprehension skills.  I work with a lot of students with reading difficulties, and eBooks and audiobooks are two of my most recommended reading support strategies.  Personally, I have witnessed a lot of success using alternative reading materials, but don’t simply take my word for it because research backs this evidence based practice also. So if you are looking to bolster your students interest in reading, as well as their content knowledge check out TumbleBooks because they offer a great variety of resources across grade levels and genres.

Educational App Review: Learn With Homer

dfgAnother app review is up on the Yellin Center Blog.  Last time it was a writing platform, and this time it is a really, really exceptional reading program.  It is by far one of my favorite reading technologies out there.  Not only does it have a high level of craftsmanship and aesthetic appeal but it is also thoroughly entrenched in the best research on early literacy.  The people who back and created this application are a collective group of really smart cookies.  This isn’t an  edutainment app to mesmerize your child, and it sure isn’t a technological babysitter.  It is a really robust, in depth reading program that has the data to back up its claims (they even publish it all so you don’t have to take my word for it).  Beyond it’s educational merit and pure, clean beauty, Learn with Homer is also a Brooklyn based company (actually their office is more or less walking distance from my house). So naturally I am just all the more enthused because I love repping local products.  So check our their website, and also my in depth review on the Yellin Center Blog.  On the latter you will find a chronicling of the multitude of reasons why I as a learning specialist love it so much, as well as the benefits it has for both teachers and parents alike.  Trust me, you are going to love it.