Fluent Readers Have...
- Speed- The rate of reading, this can be assessed by how many words a child can read in one minute
- Accuracy- Correctly identifying words on the first attempt
- Expression- When a reader uses phasing, tone, and pitch so the reading sounds conversational
- Comprehension- When a reader understands what is being read and is able to construct meaning (This is the ultimate GOAL of reading!)
A listening center includes a...
- Tape and/or CD player
- Headphones (optional)
- Tape or CD with the book being read
- Book to follow along with the tape/CD
As an elementary school teacher I often made my own "books on tape." I enjoy coordinating everything, including the listening center, so when I couldn't find a book for the listening center that matched my theme/focus I would create my own.
How to make your own book on tape for your listening center at home...
1. Purchase a blank tape ($1 store)
2. Find/purchase a bell for turn the page signal (I have a call bell I use)
3. Choose a story
4. Begin recording (most tape players have a record button)
5. Start by telling the listener, "When you hear this sound /ding/ turn the page."
6. Begin by introducing the title and author then read the story
7. Don't forget to ring the bell as you turn the page
8. Customize your tape by adding an assignment at the end or comprehension questions!!
9. TA-DA you have your own homemade listening center!
(I usually re-record over the story for my next book so there is only one story on the tape. This makes it easier to rewind and get to the beginning for repeated listening and it cuts down on having multiple tapes.)
Looking to make it more fun? Have grandma or grandpa record a story or any special person!