March is Reading Month and the entire school is celebrating by reading Charlotte’s Web as a part of our One Book-One School reading initiative. Reading is such an essential component to learning, below are some suggestions to further involve your child in the reading process. Enjoy Reading Month!
Creating family reading time is one of the most important things we can do for early learners. Reading is the “foundation of success” and is essential for all subjects. Good readers activate background knowledge and are able to predict, infer, and question while reading. Fluent readers can put themselves into the text, making self-to-text connections. When reading stories together we should stop and ask questions, predict, place ourselves into the story, and ask, “What would you do?”
· Describe the main character. Where does the story take place? When does it take place?
· Name the supporting characters.
· What do you think the characters are feeling? Why do they feel that way?
· What is the problem in the story? How does the character deal w/problem?
· Could the character do something different to solve the problem?
· What is your favorite part of the story? Why?
· Have you ever read a story that is similar to this story?
· Does this story remind you of anything in your life?
· If you could come up with a new title for the story then what would it be?
· How did the story end? Would you change the ending? Why/How?
· What is the most interesting part of the story? Why?
· Did you learn something new? Give 3 new facts? How can you apply this lesson to your life?
· What are the main character's traits? How is the character like you/different from you?
· What do you think will happen next? Why do you think that?
· Tell an opinion you have about the story. Tell a fact from the story.
Set a purpose or objective for reading, and allow time to make connections, such as: text-to-self, text-to-text, and text-to-world. It is important to have conversations to enhance comprehension skills and understanding of the material being read. Simple “making connection starters” could include:
· This story reminds me when I went swimming because…
· This story reminds me of when (character from different story/chapter/etc.) made a new friend because…
· This story reminds me when my teacher did ______ because…
· This story reminds me of when we went on vacation because…
· This character reminds me of my neighbor because…
I am sure you can think of additional questions or connection starters. Understand that it is not necessary to use every question or connection starter during your family reading. Pick three or four that will enhance the reading experience. The goal for family reading, besides great family bonding, is to support a natural transfer of skills into the child’s independent reading activities, enhancing comprehension, reading fluency and fostering a love of books.