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Start with a Book

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A summer reading program for kids from Reading Rockets

Start With a Book

Hear me out about summer reading

William Weil

William Weil

Summer can provide the time to read that lots of kids need to strengthen skills. But summer also offers other warm-weather distractions that have more kid appeal than books. William Weil, Co-Founder and CEO of Tales2go, an award-winning kids' mobile audiobook service, shares his ideas for building reading comprehension skills and engaging young readers and families in summer reading and learning adventures. Listen up!

 

July 31, 2017

Most parents and teachers know that the summer slide phenomenon is real. They also know that while on summer break, picking up a book is not a high priority for most students. Between wanting to play video games, stay up late, play outside, watch movies or go swimming, it’s a long shot to get them to read or even listen for the recommended 20 minutes per day … or is it?

If the goal is to improve reading comprehension skills, and ready access to high quality books is limited, where can parents turn to engage reluctant summer readers? Audiobooks to the rescue!

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Children, and adults for that matter, enjoy being told a good story. And recent research shows that listening to audiobooks favorably impacts vocabulary, reading comprehension and motivation to read. Listening to a book effectively removes the burden of decoding difficult text, thereby granting greater access to complex words, which students need to know, including their context and fluent pronunciation. This increased access also enables a student to better comprehend the overall story.

As an aside, this is not to knock the value of ‘pairing’ (i.e., tracking words while listening), but to point out ‘just listening’ is equally valid as an instructional technique, engaging deep limbic parts of the brain which are responsible for storing memories and word knowledge.

Summer presents an excellent time for kids to use audiobooks because:


We created a collection of titles and simple activities to complement some of Reading Rockets’ Start with a Book summer learning themes. All the titles below are in audiobook form (professionally narrated) and are available on Tales2go with a free 30-day trial or full subscription.

Weather

Tales2go Weather

Folktales, Fairy Tales, Myths

Tales2go Folktales, Fairy Tales, Myths

Dinosaurs

Tales2go Dinosaurs

Nature: Our Green World

Tales2go Nature

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