Dr. Connie Hebert helps kids, parents, and teachers by helping them become experts at catching "the teachable minute" anytime, anywhere! My Teachable Minute Blog offers quick tips on how to engage with younger and older kids. Comments, questions, and reflections are always welcome . . . let's catch a million teachable minutes together!

Catch a Book on Skype!

I just read four little books for emergent readers to my little Grandsons in Indiana via Skype! What a treat on a quiet Sunday afternoon. These books have large pictures and fun story lines. The boys clapped after each one and shouted, “More, Nana, more!” What a fantastic way to connect with kids that are far away….and to expose them to books that we have here at home. Loved it!

Holding each page up close to the webcam kept their attention and allowed them to hear my voice, once in a while seeing me turn the pages. Skype is the answer to story time with this far-away Nana. If I can’t have Joe and Elijah in my lap, at least I can read to them via my laptop while sending kisses and hugs through my screen…

Parents might consider using Skype as a motivator for kids to listen to stories from different rooms in the house, provided there are 2 computers. Try reading a book on Skype to your kids (especially a reluctant listener) and see if you can establish a ‘Skype a Good Book’ time in the house on 2 different computers. Fun, different, and cool!


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