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I love having “Mystery Readers” and it has been an important part of my classroom for years.  There is nothing more exciting to a student than to have a family member read to the class.   I did not think it could get any better until I started working with my co-teacher, Patty.  She has a wonderful addition to this timeless practice – hide the Mystery Reader behind a curtain!  We only see the shadow!  Too cool!!!

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Students ask the Mystery Reader questions to try and guess — who is it??

The Mystery gives a thumbs up or down, shrugs, or nods their head to answer.

“Are you a girl?”

“Do you have a child here?”

“Is your favorite color red?”

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I loved that this parent, Lindsay, brought Skippy Jones to make the shadows so much fun!!!

After the questioning, the students chant, “Mystery Reader, Mystery Reader, Please come out!”

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My favorite part of the process will always be the all important reading.

Parent involvement in the literacy process is crucial to a child’s success.  I love the pressure parents receive to be a “mystery reader.”  I love reading as the prime time activity in the classroom.  So rich!

This moments are priceless!

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