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Shared Reading for Language Development

September 2, 2016 | By jmitchell | Comments Off on Shared Reading for Language Development | Filed in: Communication, Early Literacy, Language.

  A primary goal for shared reading is to increase language.   Secondary goals can include joint attention, increase participation, and picture representation. For children who are nonverbal or minimally verbal, you can easily make it interactive by inserting target vocabulary in the story using AAC.  For example, when reading The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Bill • Read More »

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Three Children and a Bully (A Billy Goats’ Gruff Adaption)

March 6, 2016 | By jmitchell | Comments Off on Three Children and a Bully (A Billy Goats’ Gruff Adaption) | Filed in: Early Literacy.

Taking a familiar story, such as Billy Goats’ Gruff, a new story can be developed.  Keeping the structure of the story, replace the main characters and setting.  Young children thrive on repetition and familiarity.  Talk about how the two stories are similar and once this has been established, discuss differences-characters, settings, problems, solutions. Three Children and • Read More »

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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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