Wednesday, February 27, 2013


One of the enduring rituals in early childhood has been sharing time.  Most children love to be the center of attention and talk in front of their friends.  However, you can reinforce important speaking and listening standards with some of these ideas.

Show and Share  - Instead of “bring and brag,” focus show and tell on a specific theme you are studying, such as a letter, science concept, shape, etc.

*Provide a child-size podium (old music stand) for children to stand behind when they speak.

*Have children close their eyes as friends take turns sharing.  Can everyone remember one thing at the end of sharing time?

*Ask children to come up with three clues about what they have brought from home.  (Parents could write these for young students.)  After giving the clues, friends try and guess what it is.

*Let the class ask 20 questions about show and tell items.  Tally their answers on the board.

*The person sharing can make three statements about what they have brought.  The class then gets to ask them three questions about it.

*Try “show what you know” where children can demonstrate what they have learned about a theme.  They could do an art project, make up a song, do a skit, make a video, etc.

Hint!  Designate a special shelf or table in your classroom where students can place their show and tell objects for friends to look at later in the day.

Assign students different days of the week for sharing time.