Infusing Excitement and Engagement into Learning

Infusing Excitement and Engagement into Learning
School should be Seriously Fun Business.

Sunday, October 6, 2013

Frog and Toad Inspires Students!

http://youtu.be/z-qjUf8sSkE Last week, we worked on elements of reading fluency. We read stories from Arnold Lobel's Frog and Toad books, and listened to others read them on YouTube. Students discovered that when they read aloud with good expression, they tend to "hear" that voice when they read silently. They were thrilled to know that it increased their comprehension, exponentially! I'm so glad I had my phone handy when this little girl erupted with her discovery!

Audio Books: Great Fluency Builders!


Providing excellent and expressive models for fluency, Audio versions of favorite children's books are treasures. Many titles are available on Amazon and other outlets in cd and mp3 formats. Amazon has partnered with Audible to make children's audio files available for a very reasonable price. from Want a more personalized version? Record your own voice reading your child's favorite titles, using your computer or tablet. Burn a CD or load it onto a digital player for your child. Wonderful! I'm on a Frog and Toad spree lately... Here's a link to some wonderful stories from Arnold Lobel that are available on CD from Amazon:

Frog and Toad on Broadway!


Did you know that Arnold Lobel's beloved Frog and Toad characters were the stars of a Tony-nominated Broadway show? I am so sad to have missed it, as its run is over. It is, however, being performed by many community and touring theater groups. I have found some YouTube clips of assorted performances, and they're fun. Here's one: I was thrilled to find that Amazon sells the Original Broadway Cast CD and MP3 for a great price. Click on my blog widget to be taken straight to the Amazon link!

Saturday, January 5, 2013

My all-time favorite book about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  Check back to see ideas and activities to coordinate with this wonderful book.