Reading Buddy, Reading Finger and Reading Sticks!

Do you have any special tricks that you use with students to help them get excited about reading?
 I LOVE using stamps for motivation. Students just love getting a stamp on their hand as a form of positive reinforcement. One day, while sitting with one of my reading groups, I made up the "reading buddy" and added him/her to the "reading finger."
 Stamps from Lakeshore. I use them so much that their pictures have started to wear off! I usually just take the lid off to see which stamp it is! Guess it's time for more!
Meet our "Reading Buddy!" Yep. It's that easy.

Like so many of us, I was always reminding students to point to their words when they read. "Good readers point to each word." "Good readers use their reading finger." I was a broken record. Then, came the stamps. I like using the happy face stamp because it does look like a little buddy or friend. I made up a little story {I do that a lot, while teaching...Don't we all?!!} It seems like it's a requirement!!! I said, "Today, we are going to meet our Reading Buddy. And, he is going to help us read!" I put a stamp on everyone's reading finger. I said, "Say, 'Hi Reading Buddy! Thank you for helping me read today!'"
They LOVED it!!!!







 At the end of the lesson, we said, "Thank you Reading Buddy! We'll see you tomorrow!"

I also love Reading Sticks! I shared about some Owl Reading Sticks that I made earlier in the year here. I use the ones I made as Name Sticks, but use the extras as Reading Sticks. 
 With Valentine's Day coming, I wanted to make some new 
Reading Sticks. 

I made two different styles! 
 These sticks are from Hobby Lobby

 These stickers are from JoAnn's. I also found the hearts at Target in the $ bins! I only used the hearts for this project. I used the owls for the next project.

 I just LOVE how they turned out! They were so easy and quick to make!

The craft sticks are from JoAnn's and the stickers are from Target $ bins.

I used the owl package for these Reading Sticks.



I just LOVE them! I can't wait to use these next week! My students are going to just flip!!! 
 
What tricks do you use to keep reading fun?! I'd love to hear about it!!!

4 comments

  1. Great ideas Beth!! If only I could have "reading buddies" for my sixth graders. Ha!

    Katie
    Mind Sparks

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  2. I love this idea!! You are such a creative teacher who is helping to inspire me and I am so grateful!! Thank you!! I will be sure to scour the shelves for Valentine's Day discounts this week to have these for next year! Sincerely, a Grateful K Teacher from Maine :)

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    1. Hi Celina!

      Oh.My.Goodness. I really, really needed this today! Thank you soooo much for such an amazing compliment. I truly appreciate it!

      I love trying to make learning fun and sharing my ideas, so I am so happy to even inspire you a little bit. Thank you!

      Beth :)

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