I always say I'm 50% teacher... 50% actress.
I'm loud. I'm theatrical. I'm ridiculous. But, the kids love it. :)
Motivation is key in a classroom. If a child is motivated, he/she will take academic risks. Academic risks = learning!!!
I will do anything to get my kinders' to practice reading. My kids are much more willing to take risks and practice difficult decoding skills when I keep it exciting.
One of my their FAVORITES recently -- "Brain Reading." Here's the scoop...
1. Print a sheet of labels with targeted CVC words. [We're working on short /o/ words.]
2. Print a recording sheet (to increase accountability during the activity).
3. Put a label on each child's forehead [they will giggle!!!]
4. Walk around... read... and write!!
Now, instead of sounding out CVC (consonant-vowel-consonant) words on flash cards... we are reading and writing from each others' brains!!!
Like I said... I'll do anything to get them "hooked." But, let me tell you -- IT WORKS! :)