Whenever I get the chance to read to a group of students, I would sit a child in front of my computer or the teacher’s computer that would have my PowerPoint pictures of Yalu And The Puppy Room at the ready. Just before starting, I would tell the person in the captain’s seat, “When you hear the word ‘Ding’, press the enter button.”
Usually, I’d get an odd look, nothing new there, and would start reading the story. At the right moment, I would say, “Ding!” because I needed a new slide and after all, that was the signal to press the enter button.
After a few dings, my audience would catch on and would start saying “ding.” There is nothing better than a classroom full of five-year-olds all saying “ding” at once. Even the older kids taking that all important power nap would raise their heads and join in when it was time to utter, “Ding.”
Now I had to make sure my audience would say, “Ding” at the right moment—I did not want the “Ding” to come too early or too late. At the right moment, would cup a hand to my ear and do my Hulk Hogan impersonation for the upcoming “Ding”.
That one simple word kept student’s attention while I read. You, kind reader, should try saying, “Ding!” at the right moment by purchasing your own copy of Yalu And The Puppy Room and reading it to someone special. Be brave, be bold and read a great story about a dog who found a forever home.