One of the newest successes we’ve had in elementary school reading is meeting the students in their technology rich mindsets. Funded through a grant from the Tyngsborough Ed Foundation we are able to link the school website directly to an online reading site called Tumblebooks. Look in the left hand column – it has its own link.
Once on the Tumblebooks site there are story books, chapter books, non-fiction reading, and foreign language stories – especially great for all you kiddos taking Spanish FLEX! After choosing a book you have the option of automatic (where the book is narrated and the pages flip on their own), or manual (where you and your child can read at your own pace and turn the pages with a click of the mouse). Both options have merit and are dependent on your child’s reading level, as well as his or her ability to work independently.
Many primary teachers use Tumblebooks as a “station” or “center” in the classroom during the reading block, using the iMacs and headphones so up to four students can work at a time. Students love it, so give it a try at home!