Since I started homeschooling my kids, I decided to incorporate more audio books into our home school atmosphere. I have always been a fan of anything audio since I was young girl, that includes audio books, podcast's, even learning math through audio alone. Being able to listen to audio helps young ones to visualize in their heads the scene and essence of the stories. It teaches them to tune in with their mind using their ears to explore their imagination.
It gives them the as I believe the visualization technique which I feel is beneficial when it comes to learning how to become a great reader. Being able to see with your “minds eye” – quite literally.
After reading the Well Trained Mind by Susan Wise Bauer she helped bring back to memory for me the enjoyment I had with audio books as a child, and that it can and will benefit my children also.
When I was younger the internet was not even something that it is today, back than we listen to books on tapes, music on tapes and all that good stuff. Now that we do have the advantage of using the internet to help us with teaching our kids. Online audio books for kids is one that is essential to my almost daily home school routine. We listen to audio books in the car, while were driving to and from soccer, music , or swimming lessons.
I find it so neat, that even with a car full of four boys. When I turn on some downloadable children's books they all get really quiet and tune in! Boy I tell ya, using audio books are great to help bustling children calm down and enjoy themselves.
Scholastic.com puts it this way ~
You'll find that these books not only provide you with an occasional break from reading (and rereading the same stories again and again); they also enrich your child's multi-sensory experiences with books.
Hearing a book read on tape helps her see how the words on the page can come alive in a fluid, expressive way. It helps her focus on the sounds of words read without interruption and provides a model of fluent reading. Audio books also give her an important introduction to listening — a skill that she must master in order to learn to read. ~ Scholastic.com
Some of my Favorites audio books that my children love are:
I useaudiblefor most of my downloadable children's books. I signed up through Amazon which has the Audible program. Than I downloaded the Audible App and installed in on my computer, Phone, etc. So that I would be able to play it in the car while were driving. The kids love it and its so simple to use and order.
I also have a audio book listening station for my younger kids in my den so that they can listen in while I'm teaching one of the other kids . Or just for fun for my four year old. As you see in the picture above.
I also know that since I am a teacher and this is teacher appreciation week, Discount School Supply is offering a 15% off all there supplies this week for teachers. I do consider my self a teacher……….no harm done right. They offer audio docking stations along with classic audio books for your home too! You can find that offer here.
So what about you do you use audio books, and downloadable children's books?