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Renee, @missus_jay
Learning Specialist, Yellin Center for Mind, Brain and Education, New York

Students with language based learning disabilities still need as much exposure as possible to literary language in order to improve their reading and writing skills. Struggling readers need to be able to access grade-level texts in order to glean the grade level content. The use of TumbleBooks provides a student access to the grade level information while a student works to build their reading skills.

Product Use: I use TumbleBooks for struggling readers, as well as a fun engaging activity for good readers who are at times reluctant to read. During silent reading times I make TumbleBooks available so students with reading challenges can select the same books are their friends are reading and read along with the audio feature.

What Worked and What Didn't: My kids love TumbleBooks. There are so many book choices available that they have no problem finding something they enjoy. The games, animations and added features really engage a student in the reading process. Furthermore, the plethora of non-fiction resources is really helpful for giving struggling readers access to grade-level content in science and social studies.

Audiobooks like Tumble Books are able to help students improve word recognition, decoding skills, and vocabulary, while modeling fluent oral reading. To improve a student's decoding skills and sight word recognition, it is helpful if a student can see which word is being read as they listen and follows along. TumbleBooks offers a highlighted text-to-speech feature. TumbleBooks also allows readers to find the definitions of unknown words seamlessly, which helps students build their vocabulary and improve their reading comprehension.

TumbleBooks provides books in languages other than English such as French and Spanish. This has been really beneficial for any multi-lingual students I have worked with.

The one downside is there are a lot of games on the site and sometimes students get distracted by those activities over the pure reading activities. This is more an instructional challenge, not a concern with the program. As a teacher I just need to be aware and be checking on my students to make sure they are engaging in authentic reading tasks.

Age Group: Pre-K students, Middle school students, and Elementary school students

Jul 7, 2016 Provide Feedback
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