Thursday, December 3, 2009
THURSDAY: Reading Together
Two things help children develop a love of reading - books they are ready for, and conversation about what they are reading.
First of all, children who try to read books above or below their reading level (and maturity) are frustrated. Either they get caught up in trying to decipher the language instead of the story or they are bored out of their minds. When they find a story that is a good fit for them, they need someone to talk to them about what they are reading. Ask them questions about what they thought or how they felt. Ask them what they think happens next? Engage with them about the story and it will come alive.
I loved the structure of this book. I think it could be a great resource for homeschooling families. The books she references are presented with summaries, questions about the story, application and thought questions, and recommendations of books that are similar in topic or tone or type so you can find others if your child likes a particular book. She also includes other sets of recommendations like books for developing readers, mysteries, books about sports, true stories, etc. I think this is a great resource for parents, teachers, and librarians.
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