Multisensory Monday- Googly Eye Pointer

Posted by Brainspring on 9th Nov 2014

Hi everyone,

Welcome to Multisensory Monday!  Thanks for liking and sharing last week’s post on Guided Reading!  From the response, it seems to be an important issue to you.

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I would love to post more about Guided Reading, if I know what would be helpful to you.

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Googly Eye Pointer

Today’s multisensory activity is for beginning readers.  Part of learning to read is learning to track letters and words from left to right.  To encourage students to notice each word or follow along when someone is reading aloud, try making these delightful Googly Eye pointers.  You won’t have to nag students who are reluctant to follow along because these pointers are too silly to resist!


This is the perfect craft Kindergarten because it couldn’t be simpler; just glue a Googly Eye on the end of a popsicle stick.

2014-11-09 08.39.37I used colored popsicle sticks to quickly make a class set, but I like the idea of using plain sticks and letting students decorate them even more.   It would be a fun center activity for beginning readers in your classroom.  Students can keep them in their pencil case so they will be handy whenever needed for reading.   You may also want to make your own set that you can pass out when working with a small group.


Why Point?

The idea behind using a pointer is to help beginning readers with tracking and attending to each word as they read.  Beginning readers can have difficulty training their eyes to move from left to right, keeping track of where they are in a sentence and finding a appropriate pace causing them to miss words.  Encourage them to point to each word as they read with their finger or Googly Eye pointer.  Eventually, you want the students to transition to moving their finger smoothly as they read with more fluency.  After plenty of time and practice, they should read smoothly and keep their place by scanning with their eyes and no longer need to point.

What other tools have you found helpful for beginning readers?  Please share!


111 Doubling Rule

Dite has a game for practicing the 111 Doubling Rule this week.  I get asked about ways to help students practice this rule quite a bit.  Thankfully, Dite came to the rescue.  She does have a premade version available for purchase in her Teachers Pay Teachers store.  She was also thoughtful enough to show how you can make the game yourself if you want a specific word list!

Read about the game on her blog here.

Please check out her TPT store at

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