Beanie Baby Decoding Strategy Pointer Sticks are great for beginning readers! They remind students of the decoding strategies they are learning while providing them a fun tool for tracking print. I found that my students' fingers were getting tired when tracking print, so we tried other methods of pointing such as finger puppets, eyeball craft sticks, you name it...but they then lost their train of thought when having to look at the Beanie Baby Strategy charts or animals for decoding help.
Now, with the use of these pointers, they point to and read those words with ease and without losing their place! I mainly use this with my Kindergarteners, but still have 1st graders who prefer to use them over their fingers. You make the call. Remember...pointing to words is in the beginning stages of reading. Once students have proven to be able to track print and read more fluently, move to bookmarks or other tools to promote fluent reading.
I usually transition my students to my All in One Decoding Bookmark in order to keep the flow of reading moving. Click the link below for All in One Decoding Bookmark!
All in One Decoding Bookmark
To make the pointers simply print, cut, and glue onto jumbo craft sticks! You can laminate for more durability, but mine usually last all year!
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