I use to love to listen to books on tape as a kid. When I taught first grade, kids loved listening to books on C.D. in our "listen to reading station". With mobile technology, I have been tinkering with a way to create a read along experience much like my favorites from the past. I think I found the the perfect tool. I did some research and found the app Just Press Record. You can find the app here.
As you see in the video, this app is super simple and easy to use! You simply press record and the app creates an audio file that can be shared to iTunes, email, messages, and many more places.
So how can you create a read along experience with your kids? Here are simple and easy ways to get started!
1. Choose your family's favorite book! We chose I'll Wait, Mr. Panda by Steven Antony.
2. Next, open up the app, Just Press Record, and read the story aloud! Make sure to add a signal to let your kids know when to turn the page. You will hear in my recording that I make a "beep" sound to let my kids know when to turn the page.
3. After recording, AirDrop the file to your computer and then import it to iTunes. .
4. Now create a playlist and start listening to read alongs with your kids anywhere! You can listen in the house, in the car, and even when you are out to dinner!
To give you an idea of what your audio recording can sound like, please listen to the audio file below.
When kids listen to books, it teaches them fluency while boosting their vocabulary and love for reading! So get recording and enjoy listening to your favorite stories with your family.
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