Tuesday’s Teaching Tip

Do you have a not so silent reader?

Many kids in Stage 2 of literacy still need to say the words out loud, even if you ask them to read silently.  This is very normal.  I remember having a room full of K-1 readers all “silently reading” out loud; which made for a noisy room!  To remedy this, I my husband made whisper phones so the kids could hear themselves reading without the need to talk so loudly.  This idea is not original to me, but I’m not sure where I first heard of it.

Now at this reading mama’s house, ALuv is the only one who really uses one of these for reading purposes.  But it comes in rather handy when NJoy and MBug are sleeping and I need ALuv to turn down the volume a bit. 🙂

Whisper phones are made of PVC piping with two elbow pieces and one straight piece in the middle.  The middle piece of mine is 3 1/2 inches long.

If you don’t want to make a whisper phone, we’ve discovered that the stethoscope from our Fisher Price doctor’s kit works much the same way.

Happy “silent” reading!


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Nikki
    Apr 05, 2011 @ 13:45:38

    I’m loving this blog! It’s not what I expected, but I love it. I think teaching reading is so so important. I’m really looking forward to what you share. I think it will give me great ideas to help my little reader! Stopping by for UBP11!


    • This Reading Mama
      Apr 05, 2011 @ 13:52:43

      Thanks for joining me! I accidentally posted my blog in the wrong category at first…I’m a newby at this! I think it’s awesome that you do photography. I’ve always wanted a nice camera, but they are a bit out of my price range! 😉 How long have you been blogging?


  2. Jeanine Byers Hoag
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 16:09:51

    Great tip! I like that you’ve dedicated your blog to reading. It’s funny, I can’t remember my son reading aloud. I’m sure he did, at first, but I can’t remember it.

    I’m visiting from the UBP2011.



  3. Helen
    Apr 06, 2011 @ 21:16:50

    Becky – You’re doing a great job with your blog. I am going to take time and go slower through each post – because each one is so rich. I like the idea of writing web sites down for your child to type in and find; love the Spring flowers craft, and having 2 sets of foam bath tub letters (we have only 1). I can see where 2 come in more handy. You are going to have some great readers in your house. You are making it so fun and engaging. Great job!!


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