Reflections from an educator…

Browsing for books at the local thrift stores, used selections from, or trading with friends and coupling them with audio book pairs down loaded on-line, can be an inexpensive approach for building your own visual/audio library that is kid specific.

Children crave the visual as indicative of the technological world they live.  Therefore, reading old school style can be challenging for homeschool educators at times.  Research shows that listening to a variety of oral readings is key to developmentally appropriate reading skills including:  tracking, fluency, intonation, and speed.

I recently picked up a Roal Dahl series for my eight year old, which are a wee bit beyond his developmental reading level, but he loves the stories!  So, in addition to mom and dad readings, I purchased the audio book pair for under $5 each.  Because it’s a new context, I’m realizing he takes his reading time very seriously as he concentrates on careful listening in order to keep pace with the narrator.  I’m learning that for him to hold the book on his own while experiencing a different voice and using his very special ‘ear candy’ headphones, is prompting him to read on his own AND more often.  That’s a recipe for an independent reader.

Reflections from an educator, Mom


About sabrinaalbrecht

Currently consulting direct with families interested in homeschooling their children, to develop time management skills and developmentally appropriate curriculum. Create a framework by which parents can work independently with their children for academic success, including family and community values, the process of documentation in the elementary years, process of credit documentation for high school, standardized testing, teaching content area concepts and skills for the individual child, and guidance through the college entrance process for homeschool children. Co-Founder of the Kings Beach Parents' Cooperative, a non-profit 501(c)3, developed the school from preschool to fifth grade. In addition to Director, created daily leadership role as administrator based on need to develop cohesive, salient, and successful elementary programs for children; worked direct with teachers, parents, and board members. Active public speaker and writer within the community to continue promoting programs for children. Successful career as an Administrator and English teacher with the Washoe County School and Clark County School Districts, providing a foundation for educational leadership with future endeavors. Degrees from the University of Nevada, Reno and Las Vegas include Bachelor of Arts degree in Secondary Education, Master of Arts degree in Instructional & Curricular Studies with an emphasis in Linguistics/Teaching English as a Second Language, and Education Specialist in Leadership degree. Specialties Guidance for how to build a homeschool context that best suits your family. Specializing in writing as a valuable, communicative skill for the future of our children and working with children to adults for developing personal talents in the discipline. View all posts by sabrinaalbrecht

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