I have been warned that Kinders do not do anything quietly. Since I have a 3 year old.... I can totally believe that! I'm praying that God placed me in our church's preschool this summer to prepare me for my new adventure this year. However, by the end of the year my new pumpkins will definitely need to be learning to do more read-to-self than read-to-everyone-in-the-room! I might even have a couple of wonderful new little ones who will say that one phrase "I can't concentrate with all this noise!". Who knows, maybe that's just a 3rd grade thing for them to say. At any rate, I really wanted to have a couple of Whisper Phones.If you have never heard of these, they are "phones" that the students can place to the ear and whisper read to themselves. This is supposed to help concentration and through that fluency and comprehension. You can check out real Whisper Phones like those below by clicking on the picture to link you to the page.
Mine are a tad bit less high-tech looking. I believe Scholastic also has some that look more like mine do, just the horseshoe shape.
My wonderful husband actually made these more me. Love that man! I told him what I wanted to do and showed him pictures. (Don't you just love Google?) He went (very happily) off to Lowe's for me and found the pieces up above. He even glued them together for me :) I didn't want to make an entire class set in case they aren't as useful as I think they will be. But this way, I have several to work with if I need them. I'm thinking that I might even try introducing them to kids in guided reading groups. Lots of possible ways to use them. Do you use anything like this? How do they work best for you?
Have a blessed day,