Easiest Listen to Reading Station EVER

I stumbled upon the easiest listening to reading station ever! In our district we are only given 1 iPad for the classroom… (SAY WHAT?!?!) So you have to come up with some pretty creative ideas on how to use that iPad. I used it for a listen to reading station during literacy centers.



I use this app. This app (shown above) is all those old school readers we used to use for small group. You know the ones that came with the journey’s basil back when we could still use teacher editions?!

It’s great for DIFFERENTIATION!! (You know that big word that Principals like to hear!) All the books are leveled and you can tell the kids which book group they can listen to! It high lights the words and reads the books to them.


I attached a headphone splitter (shown above) and let the kids work in their guided reading groups to listen to a book then answer these FREE worksheets to prove they listened! (And help with comprehension, or another skill that we’ve talked about in class.) These are also DIFFERENTIATED!

Here are the instructions I used, not the cutest, but it gets the job done. I attached it to the table that my iPad and splitter sits at.

Guys, this is seriously the easiest listening to reading station. The students click on an app, listen to a story and work together (or separately depending on your group) to do a worksheet, that you can use as documentation. You can see what the kids are getting (or not getting).


Saving and Shopping


Grocery shopping is the WORST, there’s too many old people (my sister in law always says that), but you can turn it into a game by seeing how much you can save!


Making a shopping list helps you narrow down what you need, so you can avoid what you don’t!

Look over that list with apps!

Look at your list then browse theses apps to see what rebates your groceries can get you! I use Ibotta, Shopkick, Receipt Hog, and Checkout 51. All of these are great and reliable! I also use the Tom Thumb app for personalized coupons based on what I’m spending (Just for u section) and Target’s cartwheel app!


Be Flexible!

Sometimes the store brands are JUST AS GOOD. Seriously, if you’re looking at cereal for your kids, store brands are cheaper and they’ll never know!


If you’re a gluten-free nut like me, then you need to look at the clearance. Gluten free stuff goes on sale all the time, because its rarely bought! I get pasta on clearance all the time! Also, look at the ground meat and hotdogs for the clearance, yeah the expiration date is close, but you can always freeze them. Or serve them that night! YUM!


If you have more tips to share, please let me know so I can save, too!