"Creepy Crawly Critters and Other Halloween Tongue Twisters", Book Review by a Reading Teacher Mummy
Not Tricksters- Tongue Twisters.
Want your children to LOVE reading? Need 15 minutes of daily reading? Looking for a book that your kids will read by themselves without coaxing and bribes?
Try funny Halloween tongue twisters!
By the way, while kids are having a rip roaring time chanting Halloween tales, they are also getting a cauldron full of secret reading benefits. Reading teachers have names for these wonderful little literary gems.
The Reading Teacher Tongue Twister Checklist
Practice reading text multiple times?
(Running around the house yelling tongue twisters to anyone who will listen.) Check.
Reading with fluency and intonation?
(Monotone robot voices prohibited.) Check.
(Helps with spelling.) Check.
Engaging with others while reading?
("Hey Mom- you try reading this now!") Check.
Recognizing sound patterns?
( Ah man, I messed up.) Check.
Interesting subject matter which engages children? Check. Check. Check.
Reading for meaning?
(Understanding the words while laughing out loud) Check.
Colorful, funny, and spooky pictures to support text? Check.
Public speaking skills and enunciation?
(Hard to be shy while reading a tongue twister.) Check.
In fact, tongue twisters work so well, speech therapists have adopted them to help kids learn their sounds.
"My newest and favorite speech therapy tool for kids with articulation problems is to use tongue twisters with their sounds. They can be used with all ages and it makes practicing the sounds less boring because it is trickier and funny when you mess them up. It is great to use once a child has learned to say the sounds in single words, but has not mastered the sounds in spontaneous speech"