If you are teaching to very young learners, you have to find several different ways to communicate with them. One of the best ways is using puppets especially with the ones you are having problems.The idea may sound ancient to you but when it is very young learners, puppets are brand new for them (like most other things!) and a very simple and effective way to build a bridge between. There are some different ways to use puppets:
-Child: I was sitting there.
-Puppet: He was sitting….
-Child: And then Ella came and sat next to me.
Puppet: Ella sat next to him…
-Child: Then she pulled my hair.
-Puppet: Ella pulled his hair…
After reflecting/reporting the student’s words, you should explore his/her feeling(s) and say it through the puppet. So the example may continue like;
-Puppet: Oh! You are angry with Ella!
When you are using puppets it is a lot better if you change your voice and keep the energy level of the child and the puppet the same. If the child is bashful or silent; an excited puppet will not surely be a good idea!