A couple of months ago, I posted about how we use playdough during our read-aloud time. If my boys’ hands are busy, their comprehension drastically improves! I know. I don’t understand it either. But, it is true for my boys. When I started it in June, we did it primarily during our “extra” read-alouds. But, recently, I have started using this comprehension strategy with our main history and science. While I am reading to them, they are creating anything that they would like……that relates to what I am reading about. Okay….so a few days ago my little man created a dog while we were reading about Egypt. Well…..surely there was a dog somewhere in Egypt, right?
Constantly, I am amazed by how much my boys are listening….when I think they aren’t! This activity allows them to stay active while helping me know that they are receiving what they need to learn.
A few helpful tips…..
When the playdough is all one color…….they won’t fight. (as much)
When you don’t allow them to use playdough tools such as rolling pins and cookie cutters…….they won’t fight. (as much) In our house…..they get playdough….and only playdough.
I don’t tell them what to make! I just start reading.
If you didn’t try playdough narration the last time I posted…..won’t you reconsider? I bet you will be surprised! If you want to make your own playdough, check out my recipe.
Here are their most recent creations……while I was reading to them about Ancient Egypt…..
Have you ever done narration with playdough?