RE 5040 Fall 2011
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sarah patten
response to Marlee
Sun Dec 4, 2011 19:39

Great idea! That would be like reading to a buddy! AND...there are some organizations which bring real trained pets in for the students to read to them. We have had a golden retriever which has curled up to many students and "listened."

  • Cozy reading area - Marlee Wright, Thu Dec 1 20:48
    I have big bright pillows that the kids take, along with a reading basket, to whatever reading area they select, and they love the big pillows. I wonder if it would be motivating to get out some of... more
    • Re: Cozy reading area - Ashley Joyce, Fri Dec 9 11:30
      In my kindergarten class, I have stuffed animals that the kids can read to. They really enjoy that. I also use a stuffed animal to practice building words with the kids.
    • Re: Cozy reading area - Nakita Carson, Sun Dec 4 21:20
      I have stuffed animals spread all around my room. In the past my students have grabbed them and read to them or with them. This class doesn't seem very interested in using them. I say give it a shot.
      • comfort and reading - koppenhaverd, Sun Dec 4 22:41
        One of the best things about this project was the focus on intrinsic motivation. It avoids the unspoken challenges of extrinsic motivators (e.g., M & M's don't work if kids don't like chocolate,... more
        • Re: comfort and reading - Nakita Carson, Mon Dec 5 16:11
          I have a rocking chair in my room. What surprised me is that NONE of the groups chose to use it. I was a little worried when some higher leveled readers and lower leveled readers paired up because I... more
    • response to Marlee - sarah patten, Sun Dec 4 19:39
      • dogs - Amanda Solesbee, Wed Dec 7 22:52
        I have had this done before in my room with my own dog. He took a class on reading with children and it was quite funny with what he had to do in training. The results in my classroom when they read... more
        • reading to dogs - Ruth Ann Timmons, Mon Dec 12 00:00
          What an awesome motivator! My 2 huge weimaraners, Wrigley and Cooper would never be calm enough to come to my classroom with 23 kindergarten students but I do hope one day my son is able to curl up... more
          • re: reading to dogs - landersgl, Wed Dec 14 20:43
            I really like the idea of having your students reading to dogs - as long as it's the right dog and not a distraction. I have seen students read to rabbits in the class and the kids love it, and it is ... more
    • stuffed animals - MaryBeth, Fri Dec 2 11:49
      Marlee- I used to put stuffed animals in my reading nook in the classroom in second grade. At first, students seemed to fight over them (apparently there were some animals that were much more... more
      • Re: stuffed animals - Nakita Carson, Mon Dec 5 16:15
        In the past my students have grabbed my stuffed animals to read with, but surprisingly this group is really not interested in them unless they make noise! And they would rather push the buttons on... more
        • Re: stuffed animals - MaryBeth, Mon Dec 12 09:28
          It's funny how each group of students respond differently to things in the classroom! As I said, I used them for awhile, but ended up throwing lots of stuffed animals away just because they were so... more
          • Re: stuffed animals - Nakita Carson, Tue Dec 13 19:37
            Today I actually bought in an Elf on the Shelf and they took to him slowly, but completely! By the end of the day today they were telling me to tell the elf they named Freddie, goodbye! Too funny!
          • Re: stuffed animals - whtiney fisher, Mon Dec 12 14:05
            So, would the students pretend to read to the stuffed animals or was it a part of being comfortable while reading? I have never worked in the younger grades so this is all new to me!
            • Re: stuffed animals - MaryBeth, Mon Dec 12 15:05
              I guess either one would work? I think it was more of a comfort thing for my students who were mostly in 1st and 2nd grade, but I guess they could try to read to the animal as well. Whatever works to ... more
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RE 5040 Fall 2011