Church youth group helping young readers


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First grader Reese Imm uses a whisper phone to read.

First grader Reese Imm uses a whisper phone to read.


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Ignite Youth Group Leader Natalie Blackburn, left, and youth group members Tori Blanks, Jacob Freyhof, Amelia Schmiedebusch and Cameron Freyhof present whisper phones they made to Teacher Schroeder’s first graders.


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Indian Lake Elementary School students mastering their reading skills have new tools to help them hear their progress!

Several Indian Lake students involved in the Indian Lake Community Church Ignite Youth Group presented “whisper phones” to each kindergarten through second grade classroom.

Youth Group Leader Natalie Blackburn explains. “I knew the whisper phones were items the teachers were wanting, so we figured out how to make them as a service project.”

A whisper phone is a small, lightweight auditory feedback device. It allows a child to speak softly into it while listening to the clarity and rhythm of their words. This instant feedback encourages the child to make any necessary adjustments to their fluency or pronunciation as they speak.

Second grade teacher Jill Young says, “The devices really help students who struggle with silent reading be able to concentrate and quietly read to themselves. We can also use them for partner reading activities.”

Blackburn says RJB Sales and Service of Lakeview donated the piping and supplies for the devices. Youth group members made a total of 160 whisper phones, 10 for each classroom per grade level.

First grader Reese Imm uses a whisper phone to read.
https://www.weeklycurrents.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2018/11/web1_Whisper1.jpegFirst grader Reese Imm uses a whisper phone to read. Submitted photos

Ignite Youth Group Leader Natalie Blackburn, left, and youth group members Tori Blanks, Jacob Freyhof, Amelia Schmiedebusch and Cameron Freyhof present whisper phones they made to Teacher Schroeder’s first graders.
https://www.weeklycurrents.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/13/2018/11/web1_Whisper2.jpgIgnite Youth Group Leader Natalie Blackburn, left, and youth group members Tori Blanks, Jacob Freyhof, Amelia Schmiedebusch and Cameron Freyhof present whisper phones they made to Teacher Schroeder’s first graders. Submitted photos

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Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.

Submitted by the Indian Lake school district.