Tip – Make the most of your students’ curiosity.
Choose your own place to create a “Secret Message” for your students. Make one everyday, every few days, or once a week… your choice
Here are some popular places to write these:
- On your chalkboard
- On a dry erase board
- On a plain piece of paper
No matter how you write yours or where you decide to put it, place a piece of paper over it to cover it up. No part should be seen easily… because… this is a “secret” message.
Match your message to the reading level of your students. Even if your students cannot read, make a simple message that you can read to them whenever you see anyone lifting up your paper cover to see what might be under it.
Make your message into an action request. Once your students get the hang of this, they will love surprising you with their ability to carry out the directions. No pressure here. No need for your students to be right or perform… just a happy interchange between the two of you and a chance for your students to enjoy natural growth in the reading process.
*Adapted from Make Your Own Preschool Games: A Personalized Play and Learn Program by Sally Goldberg, p. 166 – 167.
Curiosity is the drive, and surprise is the fun.
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