Really want a listening center

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  1. woobie5

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    Has anyone set up a listening center in their room fairly cheap? I need innovative, inexpensive ideas! I really want a listening center in my room! The kids would love it!
     
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    Well, what do you have so far that you could use for a listening center? Obviously you'll need some sort of cd/tape player and headphones and books of course. I know that at some schools I've been at, the teacher tape records herself or other teachers in the building reading a book (if you don't have any books on tape and don't have a budget for them). Make sure to make some sort of page turn signal sound if you do it that way.
     
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    I don't have a listening center yet in my classroom, but this is definitely a goal for next year. I have been using my Scholastic points to get their CDS and books that they have every month. Just my :2cents:
     
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    I use a cd/tape player and play the story SOFTLY and the kids gather around. I have earphones, but they are more of a pain in my opinion. I use the listening center during our center time so there are three other centers at that time. Playing the story softly helps because the kids have to stay close and really listen to hear. I usually order the CD's/books from Scholastic every month $20 and use bonus points. I also tend to buy one extra copy of the book so each listening center has two. I also have some older listening centers with tapes. Check with your teammates and see if you can borrow some of their books too! I also use a CD player that my media specialist lets me use. Could you ask to borrow one as well? Good luck!
     
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    If you have a classroom computer you could also use it as a listening center if you have access to something like tumblebooks, starfall...
     
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    I purchased portable CD players and headphone for my kids for relatively cheap. You could also try to find a used listening center by searching ebay or sites like that.
     
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    I have 2 CD players (one I checked out from my school library, the other I had at home). I have a "splitter" (or whatever they are called) plugged into each, so up to 4 kids can listen to each CD player at a time (they are pretty cheap). You can also find cheap headphones (I know some teachers put them on the school supply list).

    I use my scholastic bonus points to get books on CD for free.

    They also use my computer to listen to Tumblebooks.
     
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    I always ordered mine through the scholastic book clubs. I'd get CDs whenever possible. You can get individual CD players too.
     
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    It just happened for me!

    A few friends were randomly parting with their disc-men. Each of my students brings headphones as per the supply list. So, I put each disc-man in a coffee can to keep them safe. I've been ordering books on CD from Scholastic. If you go to Robert Munsch's website, he has recorded himself reading his books. I have downloaded those and burnt them to CDs to go along with all of my Robert Munsch books that I've found at garage sales and thrift stores.

    It could also be fun recording your students reading books... if they are able.
     
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    I get books on tape/cd from the public library every couple of weeks.
     
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    I am just starting a listening center with my 5th graders, but I am struggling with how to manage it. At this level, the books on CD are so much longer than in the primary levels. Any ideas as to how to rotate students through the center?

    I am planning six groups and there would be four times during the week when they each have 'centers' in their rotation schedule, for a total of 80 minutes per week. That may not always be enough time to complete a novel in one week's time. Would having a group do only the Listening Center until the book on CD is completed be best, or would it be okay to stretch it out over several weeks, so they can do some of the other centers?

    Sorry, I am probably not being very clear. :) My other question is if finding their place again on a CD is difficult (time consuming). :)

    Thanks for any help you can give. :)
     
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    YES!!! And when you write it, get a wireless listening center. I got one of these this year and LOVE it!! Then I can record my own things on my computer and play them from there. There is no tape or CD for the kids to tear up (1st grade) and I can control what they are doing. If you want more info on this PM me.
     
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    This is part of the reason why I didn't use my Magic Treehouse cd's when I taught 3rd grade.

    Some one has suggested ipods. At one time Office Depot had them for really cheap. Put 1 story on each ipod. Rotate the ipod among the students.
     
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    Scholastic Bonus Catalog has a listening center in there. If you build up enough points, you can get a 4 person (I think) center for free!
     

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