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To get some children's attention, I used a flashlight to shine where I
wanted their eyes to be looking - it became a very effective teaching tool.
Use the flashlight to write shapes, numbers, letters, or words on the
ceiling or chalkboard. Have the children track the light with their eyes
and the pointing finger of their writing hand while they are repeating the
number, word, or letter.
The children will be forced to visualize the symbol you are drawing and will
activate the haptic system with the arm movement.
To teach number concepts, flash the light on the chalkboard and have the
children say or write the numeral that matches the number of flashes they
saw. Use two sets of flashes and have the children add them.
To reinforce spelling words, write the words with the flashlight on the
chalkboard and have the children tell you the word.
Use the flashlight to speed up the children's reading. Write a story on the
chalkboard or a chart and move the light along the line at the speed you
want the children to learn.
This method can be used to pace reading, to teach phrasing, or to reinforce