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Audible © “Winnie the Pooh” by A. A. Milne for $0.99

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015

Audible Daily Deal for March 4th 2015 until 11:59 pm E.S.T.  For those of you that have Audible memberships today’s daily deal is  “Winnie-the Pooh” by A. A. Milne for $0.99 — a great classic to add to your child’s audiobook collection.  Unabridged two hours and forty-six minutes.   This audiobook, performed by Peter Denis, consists of ten stories from the unabridged version of “Winnie-the-Pooh” by A. A. Milne including: In Which We Are Introduced to Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees, and the Stories Begin In Which Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets Into a Tight Place In Which Pooh and Piglet Go Hunting and Nearly Catch a Woozle In Which Eeyore Loses a Tail and Pooh Finds One In Which Piglet Meets a Heffalump In Which Eeyore Has a Birthday and Gets Two Presents In Which Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest, and Piglet Has a Bath In Which Christopher Robin Leads an Expotition to the North Pole In Which Piglet is Entirely Surrounded by Water In Which Christopher Robin Gives a Pooh Party, and We Say Goodbye This title is also Whispersync for Voice-ready....

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Enhance Your Child’s Reading with Audiobooks

Posted by on Feb 4, 2015

  Using Audiobooks to Raise Your Child’s Reading Level  As a homeschooling mother of four, I spend a lot of time trawling through curriculum resources searching for ways to enhance my children’s learning.  One of my favorite ways to supplement reading, bring it to life and make it enjoyable for my kids is to add audiobooks to their reading.  Although I read to my children almost every day and we always have a few audiobook projects in the works — it never hurts to add in additional time with the audio version of the book while they follow along with the print version (e-book or traditional).   Audiobooks Model Correct Prosody Audiobooks have a wide array of subjects including fiction, non-fiction, plays, autobiographies and biographies, science, history and much more — we are never lacking in audio choices.  Some of you may be thinking:  I understand audiobooks are fun, but do they really count towards reading?  Yes, they do.  Audiobooks are a great resource that can be used to enhance your child’s reading comprehension, fluency and raise their reading levels.  Some people consider listening to the audio version of a book an ersatz substitution that shouldn’t be classified as “reading.”  While I do agree that audiobooks should not be used as a substitute for reading in and of itself, this incredible resource definitely has it’s merits and place in the literary world.  Audiobooks model correct pronunciation, intonation, reading prosody and offer endless listening opportunities.   Shortly after joining my college cycling team I learned to draft.  For those of you that are not familiar with drafting, it’s a technique used in cycling (and car racing) that allows the cyclist to exert less energy while gently pulled forward by the cyclist or cyclists in front of you (And the more cyclists in front of you, the better the draft).  Depending on which way the wind is blowing, you may line up your front wheel to the right, left, or directly behind the wheel in front of you to latch on.  The Texas sun can be brutal, add to that a New Yorker with little exposure to weather outside the northeast, and a thirty or forty mile practice ride in 102 degree weather could be rather draining.  I think of audiobooks in a similar way to drafting.  Does a thirty mile bike ride count when you are drafting from the guy (or guys) in front of you?  You bet.  Would you be in better shape if you were out in front leading the pack without any benefit of a fantastic draft?  Yes.  Does it still count as exercise?  Most definitely.  The same holds true for reading via audiobooks.  It’s phenomenal if your child reads epic novels day and night, already has flawless pronunciation and perfect reading prosody — but if not, don’t feel bad that he or she is human.  Instead, formulate a plan to add audiobooks to your child’s reading schedule and help them achieve a nice effortless pull forward — some easy help akin to the perfect draft. Signs Your Child Could Benefit From Audio Books Is your child often frustrated when he or she reads aloud?  Do they read too slowly, make too many mistakes and struggle with pronunciation?  If your child is complaining that books are boring, exhausting and a waste of time, consider adding audiobooks to your...

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