Proposal Title

Puppets As Story Props for Read-Alouds

Location

Walsh A

Proposal Track

Research Project

Session Format

Symposium

Abstract

After nine months of using the Mother Phonics program in a kindergarten class (pilot group) composed of 10 boys and five girls with special needs (e.g. dyslexic n=7, hearing impaired n=1, visually impaired n=3 , autistic n=2 , prone to prenatal substance abuse n=2) and in three other kindergarten classes without children with special needs, the class of children with special needs scored higher on the Gardener Codding Test of Kindergarten-First Grade Readiness Skills than did kindergarteners in the 3 other classes (control groups). The class of 15 children with special needs used the Mother Phonics program daily as a story prop with read-alouds, and the other three classes did not use puppets in learning to read. Results indicated that using puppets enhanced the reading experiences of the children in the pilot group.

Keywords

Puppets, story props, read-alouds

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Puppets As Story Props for Read-Alouds

Walsh A

After nine months of using the Mother Phonics program in a kindergarten class (pilot group) composed of 10 boys and five girls with special needs (e.g. dyslexic n=7, hearing impaired n=1, visually impaired n=3 , autistic n=2 , prone to prenatal substance abuse n=2) and in three other kindergarten classes without children with special needs, the class of children with special needs scored higher on the Gardener Codding Test of Kindergarten-First Grade Readiness Skills than did kindergarteners in the 3 other classes (control groups). The class of 15 children with special needs used the Mother Phonics program daily as a story prop with read-alouds, and the other three classes did not use puppets in learning to read. Results indicated that using puppets enhanced the reading experiences of the children in the pilot group.