Reading to a toy...
Whether it is their interest, their opinion or their reading, the one thing that children don't like is being judged. Reading to a toy offers a non-threatening environment to children where they could pick a toy (or even a pet if they have one) and read to it.
When the 3rd graders at SMIS geared up to read to their toys, they were encouraged to introduce their toys with a name. It helped them establish the ownership and feel responsible for their toy. They informed the class what the toy's book interest was and what book they had carried. Their choice of book was endorsed.
It was observed that :