How can I help my child focus more when he is reading? Use a whisper phone!

Dear Teacher,

My child is having difficulty reading short stories.  His comprehension and fluency are great and he is actually reading above his grade level.  He is easily distracted and is having trouble focusing as he does his daily reading assignment.  Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Dear Parent,

After a long day at school (1) give your child a short break before he starts his reading assignment.  With that being said, there are a number of factors that will help him focus to a greater degree. (2) Create a chart that he can measure his progress on.  It can be as simple as giving him a star every day, so he can “see” how hard he’s working. (3) Additionally, have him do his homework in the same location every day.  Consistency is important and helps to create good habits.  (4) Make sure there are no distractions, such as a cell phone, television or video games within reach.  (5) Last, but not least have him use a whisper phone.  These are special phones that amplify sounds, help children focus and create a positive reading experience that increases time on task and academic achievement.  Please note, that children literally “whisper” when they are using their phone in order to hear clearly.

Create Your Own Whisper Phone!

  • Purchase a 3/4″ PVC pipe and 3/4″ elbow joints (you will need 2 for each phone)
  • Cut PVC pipe into 3 1/2 inch sections
  • Put an elbow joint on each end of the pipe
  • Colorful duct tape can be wrapped around the center of the pipe to make it decorative.

 

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