Tumblebooks is a fantastic resource for English Language Learners with children. While it is a subscription-only program, many schools have purchased rights of use for their families. One of our tutors has been using the program regularly with her student, Bene. Read on for tips on how to make the most of this great resource. If you are interested in learning more about the program, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial on their website.
My student Bene now has Internet access and her kids go to Columbine. As a Columbine parent, she has access to a great online resource, Tumblebooks, ebooks for kids. She uses it with her kids and we have begun to use it to supplement the Intercambio materials. The site has dozens of animated books, fiction and nonfiction, various grade levels and themes, all presented in a fun, upbeat way, with many supplemental resources, such as quizzes, puzzles, games, lesson plans and pronunciation help for each book, Bene is a fun-loving visual learner; Audio comprehension is more difficult for her. Tumblebooks allows her choose a book she thinks she might like at a grade level I select and to read along as each sentence of the story is highlighted on the screen. She can repeat what she doesn’t understand and take a quiz at the end to test her comprehension. We can go over together aspects of the story that are difficult for her. Since Intercambio materials focus on practical life skills and topics, Tumblebooks give us a rich supplementary resource.