Back to School Read Alouds for Teachers and Homeschool Moms

Back to School Read Alouds for Teachers and Homeschool Moms

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Wonderful Fall Read Alouds for teachers and homeschool parents.

I know it may be a little early to think about Fall Read Alouds for the classroom, but maybe not.

Some schools go year-round so if you are a teacher or a parent your classroom may become active at the end of July or certainly by mid-August.  Why not have a look at these wonderful books and plan your library trips or make purchase for your child’s teacher.  I spent 20 years in the classroom and it was always nice to get gifts that made teaching easier without having to come out of my pocket.

Check out these books that focus on leaves turning in fall and other fall activities.  Some of these would make great introductions into science units on the seasons.

I have included Youtube links for the read alouds if you would like to use them.

Have fun

Fletcher and the Falling Leaves by Julia Rawlinson and Tiphanie Beeke

Fletcher’s tree is a wonderful friend. When the leaves start to fall, Fletcher reassures his tree friend that there is nothing to worry about.  All will be well.  Fletcher is not able to keep the leaves from falling off  his wonderful friend.  He is worried.  Fletcher then makes a wonderful discovery.  Read to find out what the discovery is.  Enjoy the Youtube video as well.

Why Leaves Change Color by Betsy Maestro and Loretta Krupinski

Why Leaves Change Color shows the reason why leaves change color in the fall.  It explains the leaf structure as well as how leaves use sunlight and cold when they are changing color. This is a great book for introducing fall and the changing of the leaves to elementary aged children.  You would enjoy reading this to your students yourself or you can use the Youtube video.  Enjoy learning about the changing colors.

Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf by Lois Ehlert

The maple leaf is center stage in Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf.  This is another wonderful read aloud that tells  the story of a maple leaf’s beginnings and growth.  The growth of the tree is chronicled is this story  Children will enjoy seeing what the seed of the maple leaf tree looks like.  This story will guide the children along the life cycle of the maple leaf to where we see the leaves turn beautiful colors.  The story ends where it began with the seed of the maple leaf falling to the ground.  Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf is another great book that can be read by the teacher or enjoyed on Youtube.  This is great for life cycle lessons and plant parts and function.

Fall Read Alouds

Fall Read Alouds

There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves by Lucille Colandro

There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves is a whimsical tale of an old lady that swallowed some leaves and many other things that we see in the fall of the year. When the old lady finally sneezes at the end she creates a wonderful fall like item.  There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed Some Leaves is available on Youtube or you can enjoy reading this yourself.

When the Leaf Blew In by Steve Metzger

When the Leaf Blew In is a whimsical story of a fall leaf blowing in a barn.  A cow sneezes which begins a whole series of events that cause much mayhem.  Enjoy When the Leaf Blew In story on the Youtube.

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert

Leaf Man is another story that involves beautiful fall leaves. This story follows the travels of the leaf man as the wind carries him along.  His travels take him along many sights and sounds of the fall. The illustrations show wonderful formations of the things that the leaf man seas in his travels.  Wouldn’t it be fun to collect different types of leaves and create some of the things the leaf man sees. You might even be able to identify the leaves and its parts. Enjoy the Leaf Man as a read aloud or on Youtube video.

The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle

This story of the Grouchy Ladybug is a wonderful read aloud. Students will learn about how ladybugs eat aphids off of plants.  Mr 7, the reader of the story, does a particularly good job of reading this story.  You will enjoy him.  The Grouchy Ladybug in this story learns that it is best not to live a life being grouchy.   Enjoy this wonderful story on Youtube or read it aloud yourself.

First Day Jitters by Julie Danneberg

First Day Jitters. Every child is experience First Day Jitters when going to a new school or a new class.  It is not unusual to feel nervous about the things we that are not familiar to us.  This is a story of First Day Jitters and how they are overcome.  Enjoy First Day Jitters on Youtube. 

Enjoy these books as the fall rolls in. Several of theme are perfect for those science units and others are just plain fun to read as the school year begins.  You will notice that the books have clickable YouTube links for your convenience.  As I’m sure you are aware, reading out loud to your children is one of the best ways for children to hear what good reading sounds like.  This is a foundational step in reading comprehension.  You may notice your child wanting to read to you.

What are some of your favorite books to read. Do you have any fall favorites?  Are there any books in general that are favorites.  Leave a comment in the comment section and enjoy the new school year.

Reading Strategies for Struggling Readers

Specific reading strategies for struggling readers need to be used to help the struggling reader achieve.  When your son or daughter is struggling with reading you struggle with them.  You feel every agonizing effort to tackle the next word.  Tears of frustration run down your cheeks as they run down your child’s.  Be encouraged.   There is help.

5 Quick Reading Comprehension Tips

5 Quick Reading Comprehension Tips

Reading Strategies for Struggling Readers

Online tutoring is a great way to support your child academically as well as save time and money. Parents that utilize online tutors are smart.  They avoid having the hassle of traveling home, preparing dinner, cleaning up after dinner and then getting back in the car to make that trip to the tutor. All of this happens after a long day of work for the typical parent. If the tutor is coming to your house, you have to make sure there is a tidy place for work to take place.

Supporting your child academically is the ultimate goal.  Online tutoring is a brilliant way to provide reading strategies to struggling readers.

Unique and individualized learning experience.

A good online tutor will give your student an assessment to determine academic weaknesses. Click To Tweet.  This enables targeted and focused instruction.  The tutor will determine which specific reading strategies for the struggling reader. The assessments will provide the tutor information needed to customize instruction. Tutors teach specific concepts and monitor to determine progress made.  They also develop an authentic connection with their students and they make learning fun. This is important in keeping the student engaged during tutoring sessions.  Tutors often provide reinforcement activities that are fun and engaging while also practicing concepts learned. A good tutor will take the time to talk to parents and give them strategies to use when the tutor is not there.

 

Greater retention and personal growth.

Students that have online tutors experience a greater level of retention of material learned.  Online tutors are able to modify lessons and discern what may or may not be absorbed by the student.

Students feel a great sense of accomplishment when they have mastered a concept.  This not only helps children feel good about what they have accomplished but also gives students a sense of being able to accomplish other tasks.

Deeper and more independent thinking.

The online tutor engages the student in conversations that foster deeper thinking.  This is one of the key reading strategies for struggling readers.  When the student is able to have a conversation about the text, learning has begun.

Tutors are able to hear whether or not a student is confident in their level of knowledge. When a student is able to explain a math problem with clarity and ease, the tutor knows they have a firm grasp of the material. Similarly, with reading, students that retell a story with a great deal of detail show they have absorbed the story. They are also able to share opinions about what was read.

Some struggle is good.

Students have to apply some real thought to their answers.  It may appear they are struggling and in fact, they are but that struggle is good.  This is the stretch.  Growth happens at this point. Reading Comprehension and numeracy take root and the student is impacted in a positive way.  This is the goal!

Greater engagement.

Online tutors are able to keep students engaged which means students are spending more time learning.  The online tutoring experience lends itself very nicely to in-depth conversation between the student and the tutor. Click To TweetThe online tutoring experience lends itself very nicely to in-depth conversation between the student and the tutor.  Math problems are talked through so that the student can hear their own thoughts and the tutor is able to catch errors in thinking.  The tutor often uses tools that the student can use that is a bit novel for the tutor so the student stays engaged.

Foster Independent learning.

Online tutors help students become independent learners which is the ultimate goal. Click To Tweet

Online tutors help students become independent learners which is the ultimate goal.  Students are successful and naturally curious.  When they see they can be successful they are more likely to explore and learn on their own.

If you have considered getting help for your child, be sure to consider an online tutor.  This can make a huge difference in your student’s attitude about school.  Get them the help they need.

Contact me if you are in need of online tutoring services.  We can talk about reading comprehension issues, phonics, and math.  Get your free assessment scheduled.

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