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RE: Attention getters and discipline ideas


Date: Fri Oct 10 2003 - 15:24:56 PDT

I LOVE to read to my kids when they are well underway and self
sufficient. This usually works best with an oil pastel or coloring
project. I take breaks to walk around, make sure everyone is still on
track, answer questions, etc. I tell them that they have to think of
me as a radio or CD player and keep drawing. IF they watch me and stop
working, I remind them to keep working. They get SO much done and their
work does not suffer because of it. THey love it, and I get to use my
theater skills, as I love doing voices. I like reading short stories
best, as it's hard to keep continuity when I only see them once a week.
David Holt's anthology "Ready to Tell Tales" is my (and their) favorite!
Today, while they were drawing WONDERFUL overlapping drawings of
Halloween Night revelry, I was reading scary stories. We even turned out
the lights! (they could still see enough to draw with white pencils on
black paper.) Fun!

Linda Woods,
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