Teaching young children when it is their turn to speak takes lots of modeling and practicing. One way to make it easier is to use a talking stick. Here is a quick, inexpensive way to make one for your classroom. And if you like owls, you will really like this one.
I used a paint stick from Walmart. Ask and they will give you one for free. I bought some chevron duck tape and wrapped it around the paint stick vertically. I purchased the owl at Michael's craft store. It is in the aisle with all of the wood shapes. I also use these wood shapes to make reading pointers for "Read Around the Room."
During group time, introduce the talking stick. A fun way to introduce it is to ask a question of the day. Have the children sit in a circle. Ask a question then pass the stick around the circle and let the children answer the question while holding the stick. Use simple yes and no questions to introduce the stick.
Teacher: Do you like pizza?
Student: Answers yes or no and then passes the stick to the person on the left.
Continue until all the children have answered the question. When the children are successful with this activity, begin using the talking stick during whole group lessons such as shared reading.
Have fun making a talking stick for your classroom.
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