Keeping the boys and girls in kindergarten and first grade interested in reading all year long can be challenging. That is why I have been working so hard this year to find stories the kids will be motivated to listen to. It is more work than you think. Creating an engaging listening center is a lot different these days, my students prefer to listen and watch stories on the ipad.
When I first got my ipad I was able to find lots of story apps for $1 however that has not been the case lately. In fact many of the stories can be costly or the apps are confusing for young readers to manage on their own. So I have turned to youtube and the generosity of the wonderful people who are reading the stories and recording them.
I find links on youtube and filter out the surrounding advertisements and create my own qr codes. My students use this center on their own as part of my weekly reading block and I want to make sure the links are safe for them. Each week my students are required to listen to one story on the ipad and complete a listening form. I use all sorts of different forms I have collected over the years on Pinterest and various other sources during the first two quarters.
However, once third quarter starts I have the students start to complete the forms attached to the unit. We start with the simple ones and work our way to writing our own letter on lined paper.
I like to print out the listening cards on card stock and laminate them. I punch a hole in the corner and gather them together with a ring. I keep the cards in the ipad basket. Another teacher at my school hangs the cards up on the students’ lockers. Another organization idea might be to keep them in a small binder or create a bulletin board with the cards in your reading center.