Do you have to be away on a business trip, and miss your child's bedtime story?
- Record your child's favorite book on a tape. Let him follow along in the book, as he listens to you read. It's the next best thing to being there!
Do you love getting books for your grandchild, but miss reading to her because you live miles away?
- Before you mail that book, record the story on a cassette tape and include it in the package. It's a great way to stay close, even though you are far away!
Is your first grader having trouble remembering spelling words?
- Let her record words in this order: Say it, spell it, and say it again. She can listen, then write, then self-correct until she confidently can spell all her words.
Want to improve your child's reading fluency and expression?
- Tape him reading a story. He can then hear himself as others hear him. My students love this activity, and want to do it again and again!
So, search those yard sales for child-friendly tape recorders with built-in microphones and colorful push-buttons.
Or, get a new, inexpensive CD/Tape combination recorder and player. Color code the buttons with colored dot stickers (green for play, red for stop, yellow for rewind, etc.) for easy operation by your child.
Simple tools make learning fun!