Listening center for your preschool, pre-k, or kindergarten classroom.
Classroom Listening Center
The benefits of having a listening center in the early childhood classroom are many.
I used to have a traditional listening center with a tape recorder and a junction box with several sets of headphones, but I found that it was both difficult for the children to use independently and expensive to find multiple copies of books. And don’t even get me started on the tangled headphone cords!
Also, the children could never agree on what they wanted to listen to so they were either fighting over the book and ripping it, or there was only one child there all alone.
iPad Listening Center
The quickest and easiest way to create a successful listening center is to use a device, like an iPad. Watch the video above and read the full blog post HERE to learn how you can get started using an iPad as a listening center in your classroom.
Listening Center QR Codes
Another way to create a listening center that kids can use independently is to use QR Codes. This method doesn’t cost a dime, but it does require some work up front, Wi-Fi, and of course, the books. To get started with QR codes in your classroom, watch the video tutorial above and read the full blog post HERE.
iPod Listening Center
In 2007 we started using iPods for our listening center. You can read all about it on the iPod page.
My team wrote a grant to get iPods shuffles for our listening center. I uploaded audio recordings I recorded myself to iTunes and loaded them on the iPods. No more fast forwarding or rewinding, I loved it!
Listening Center Pocket Chart
Pictured above is my former listening center pocket chart. Each pocket held a book and the matching cassette tape. When we switched to using iPods the books were stored with the matching iPod in a Ziploc bag and the bags are hanging on a rack.
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