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Play It Again, Sam!

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"How do I sound?" the child asks. Better this time, you'll say, after you play back a recording of the child reading the same page for the umpteenth time. Sure enough, the child's performance has improved dramatically.
  • The RIF Guide to Encouraging Young Readers.
  • Drama
    • 3-5
    • 6-8
  • Minimal
  • Indoor
  • Bed, Play

MATERIALS: Cassette recorder, cassette tape.

Don't worry if the child reads aloud in a monotone, hesitates, mispronounces words, or skips them altogether -- it's all part of learning to read. Rather than point out these problems, bring out the cassette recorder and let your child listen. Children are delighted to hear their own voices, but they are also chagrined to hear themselves make mistakes. Without your prompting, your child will probably ask to do it again until the reading meets young standards. If the child reads smoothly, but in a monotone, record yourself reading aloud the same passage. Read with expression, and don't spare the dramatics. The child can try modeling performances on yours, reading with the same expression and inflections.

Play It Again, Sam!