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Recommendations for Growing Readers

Four Ways to use Music in Shared Reading

Click here for a list of songs.

Click here for a list of strategies for building skills during shared reading.

In this video, I'll show you how music can be a powerful tool for helping students develop foundational skills. It especially builds fluency by including oral reading, repetition, and immediate aural feedback. It can also help English learners build a comfort and familiarity with the English language and, through the use of student-made books, can also help develop vocabulary.

Giving birth to the Hobbit: Why we're totally sold on the family read aloud by P. Himmele, with the help of the Himmele family

My daughter was born right after Chapter 6 of The Hobbit. No, seriously. Bill was reading aloud from The Hobbit while I lay there trying to think about something other than my contractions. Of course, he put the book down when he could no longer hear himself above my angry demands for more epidural. But still, you could say that I gave birth to the sounds of The Hobbit... (see more)

Why Read-Alouds Matter More in the Age of the Common Core by W. Himmele & P. Himmele

For many educators, the term read-aloud conjures up warm, cozy, and nostalgic reminders of how teaching used to be—the days when we actually had time to read chapter books... (see more)

Here's what happened when we surpised our preservice teachers with a Popcorn Reading activity by P. Himmele, W. Himmele, A. Hower, & K. Mackley (Fall, 2021). Pennsylvania Reads, KSLA 

It really is time to put round-robin reading to rest... (see more).

For students who struggle with fluency:

NIM Plus by Flood, Lapp, and Fisher

Reading Together: A Successful Reading Fluency Intervention by Young, Mohr, and Rasinski

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