The Talking Stone

A multicultural circle time activity for preschool eduction.

Often during circle time many preschoolers want to talk at once. One way to help children learn how to take turns is to use a visual clue.  Teachers might try using a “talking stick” or “talking stone”.  This is a tradition with some Native Americans.  Hold your ‘stick’ or ‘stone’ while you speak and then pass it on when it’s time for another person to talk.

You can use a colorful rock or decorate your stick in a special way. This technique helps young children learn to respect the speaker and to wait and listen.  Continue with this idea and soon the children will be reminding each other.

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