Pals and its "Lead to Read" concept create an
environment that is both fun and inviting to assist the child in
learning the wonders of language and reading through its totally
interactive learning center. During this read-aloud experience,
children develop multi-sensory skills and are motivated through a
series of successes and event-oriented reading processes. Poetry
Pals has carefully developed this learning center complete with
multi-media concepts including interactive read-along video,
CD-ROM and DVD to promote and develop vital early literacy skills
The Poetry Pals Learning Center (PPLC)
has been developed for children from ages 1 - 6. The many
different products in the PPLC can be used independently or
together as a complete unit. The tree bookshelf organizer is a
perfect mini-library and interactive reading center that provides
children with a fun and unique reading experience, developing and
expanding their vocabulary as well as teaching organizational,
responsibility, visual matching and shape identification skills.
The nature shaped pop-out puzzle, similar to the tree, provides
matching, shape identification as well as dexterity skills. The
interactive video, unlike many other videos, is not intended for
use as a babysitter; this innovative educational tool was
carefully designed and planned to develop and enhance the reading
experience for children, as well as motivate and teach them vital
reading skills. There are many different methods in which the PPLC
can be utilized in either homes, classrooms, daycares, or a
library setting. With the range of teaching skills and versatility
that the PPLC provides, there are new and useful methods being
- Assistance in developing a strong foundation
for early literacy in children through highly interactive and
event oriented reading processes.
- Motivation for children to read using a
series of successes and accomplishments to build the child's
confidence in their ability to learn; i.e. video
interaction-first by locating the correct book and following
along during the reading process, then, replacing the book
back in its proper location.
- Identification (children identifying with
other children readers) ex: On the read-along video, the
majority of the books are read by other children, building
awareness that each child has the ability to read.
- Inviting participation from children. Adult
reader on the interactive video, Angee Hughes, assumes the
position of teacher or parent, inviting the children to
interact and read along, typical to a classroom setting.
- Interactive and repetitious reading
exercises--thirty-six minutes of continuous reading in a
- Building and expanding vocabulary
- Organizational, responsibility, visual
matching and puzzle shape qualities of books and tree slots;
ex. replacing books in proper locations
- Sharing in a group environment
- Verbal expression and intonation
- Rhyme and rhythm in poetic verse
- Reciting through memorization
- Reading comprehension
- Reading progression; ex. left to right, top
- Book handling, turning pages, etc.
- Leadership; ex. An exercise used in the
classroom, 14 different children can be chosen to present each
of the different books for the entire class during video.
- Repetitious interaction with many different
books and reading through sight, sound, poetic verse and
physical play develops a familiar environment and strong
foundation for learning. As the emergent reader develops the
basic skills in alphabet and phonetic awareness, their
newfound knowledge can be more readily applied with this
environment and foundation.
- Creates excitement and fun using nature and
reality as the basis for learning.
- Traditional value theme and lesson plan found
on the back of each book
- Develops a platform for discussion where
parents and teachers can share from their own life experiences
- Appreciation for nature