Reading Phones

I wanted to share a quick and un-original project that will help your pre-schoolers and young elementary students.

I had forgotten how practical and fun reading phones are for new readers until the girls and I were at one of our marathon home depot trips.  I was trying to keep the girls smiling and was whispering secrets to them in the long plastic tubing isle.  They thought the game was genius.  I spotted PVC elbows across the isle, and remembered using phones in my teaching days.

I cheated though only used 2 PVC elbows.  Cheap and easy... that's my game.

Here is a little behind the research.  These phones help kids to drown out outside noise and help kids focus on the sounds and words they are forming. they are fun.


  1. What a neat idea! I've never seen this for reading. Seems like a great idea.

  2. Kids will learn reading skills in school, but they will come to associate reading with work, not pleasure. when do kids start reading Jim Trelease, author of The Read-Aloud Handbook, encourages parents to lead by example by stating; "Make sure your children see you reading for pleasure other than at read-aloud time.


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