#SOL15: Day 1, Listening Love

Today starts the March Slice of Life Challeng11454297503_e27946e4ff_he hosted by Two Writing Teachers. A whole month of daily blogging has begun!

Being a Sunday, this post is also serving a dual purpose of linking to Margaret Simon’s Reflection on the Teche DigLit Sunday blog.


Yesterday, driving home, I tuned into the On Being podcast, with singer-songwriter Joe Henry. He spoke of his writing process as a “mystery and adventure.”  Of how life and writing are as much about the obstacles as about the joys of the road. So much of this interview connected with the business of slicing daily. When I got home, I pulled out my notebook and sat in the car listening till the end of the podcast.

That happens a lot. I’m on the road, listening to a podcast or the radio. I’ve been known to pull over to jot down a phrase, name or book title. Sometimes, like last Friday, I share it with my students..I love podcasts. All kinds.  I’ve been addicted to them for a couple of years. Ever since my friend told me about the Stitcher app that makes it extremely easy to access all my favorites.

I love listening to learn and listening to stories. No wonder my students love read aloud.

Podcasts provide on-demand learning and entertainment. I love them.  Ever since my friend told me about the Stitcher app, getting to podcasts that meet my interests has been extremely easy.

imgres-1The Moth, This American Life, Radio Lab and Snap Judgement are some of my favorites that offer master storytellers telling amusing, emotional, and often mature personal stories.

I’ve wanted to share this listening experience with my students, but I needed appropriate, consistent  and free content. Something that is downloadable on all devices.

Yesterday I found two worth sharing. Storynory and Brains On!  are available at no charge via Stitcher or iTunes apps.

logoStorynory features original stories written for and by kids. On the website, you can also read the printed text.

Brains On! is a monthly podcast about science produced by Public Radio contributors and features a kid reporter. The stories are short and engaging. Friendly, fun, and informative — just right for my kiddos.


Happy day one #SOL15.