One of best parts of my job is working in classrooms with teachers and students. Everywhere I go, I learn something new.
I recently visited a classroom where the teacher showed me her student’s reading puppets. Each student has a “puppet buddy” which is kept in their take home reading bags. The puppet goes home every night and comes back to school everyday.
The puppets were made from scrap material so no two were alike. The fronts and backs were not the same.(put out a call for left over material, find a friend who sews and whip them up on a weekend) The puppets are faceless which leaves creativity and imagination intact. Students are able to draw how the puppet is feeling or what it is wearing on paper and store it in the reading bag.
Students are given the option to read to the puppet-they hold it up and read aloud. The puppet listens carefully. This is particularly great for students who have nobody to read to at home and need to practice oral fluency.
The second option is to have the puppet help the student read. The puppet helps the student track the words and read along with them.
The students were very excited to show me their puppets and how they use them. What a great way to build engagement in reading 🙂
Thank you J.C. for inviting me into your classroom and sharing this creative idea.