Archives: Early Literacy

Sparkup Digital Reader

July 29, 2014 | By jmitchell | Comments Off on Sparkup Digital Reader | Filed in: Articulation, Communication, Early Literacy, Language, Making Materials.






My favorite digital reader for young children is the Spark Up Reader. It uses a digital camera to attach the page to your audio recording of the page.  It has plenty of memory for LOTS of books and the recordings can be backed up to a computer.  Here are more ideas on how to use • Read More »

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AnyBook Reader for Kids

June 3, 2014 | By jmitchell | Comments Off on AnyBook Reader for Kids | Filed in: Communication, Early Literacy, Language, Making Materials.






The Franklin Anybook Reader is a great digital reading device that can motivate and engage any child. Here are some other ideas that can help make kids enthusiastic readers: Alternative Uses: Place stickers in designated spots in text for students to stop and answer a prompt that has been strategically inserted. Prompt students to find • Read More »

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A Few Ideas for Phonological Awareness

February 23, 2014 | By jmitchell | Comments Off on A Few Ideas for Phonological Awareness | Filed in: Early Literacy.






According to Ball (1993), different phonological skills develop along a continuum. In summary, preschool and kindergarten skills include general awareness of sounds in speech, making animal sounds, listening to rhymes and alliteration, and will sometimes make up nonsense words. Grade one skills focus on more specific aspects of sounds. They should be able to provide rhymes, guess • Read More »

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