Let’s Talk Books!!!

May 02

I think one of the prerequisites of being a teacher is you have to love to read! The same holds true of parents of little kids. Kids love to have a book read to them. It doesn’t start out as a love of literature but a love of having your parents spend this precious time with you. But the precious time quickly turns into a love of reading and all things about books. Let’s face it, even as an adult, there’s nothing better than finishing a good book.

As adults we often join book clubs, or share about what we have read with friends and family. Kids are no different. We spend a lot of time in the classroom sharing about the books that I read to them or that they read to themselves. Here is a list of ideas you can use when having a book discussion with your child while you are reading the story:

  • What are you thinking about …
  • What did you notice on this page?
  • What are you wondering….
  • What do you think will happen next?
  • What does this remind you?
  • I can’t believe that just happened, what did you think was going to happen…
  • Why did the character do that, or act that way…

Here are some ideas for discussions after you have finished reading the book:

  • What’s the main or big idea? Sounds big but it really is just a one to two sentence statement on what the book was about.
  • Who are the characters?
  • What happened to the character? And how did they solve their problem in the end of the story?
  • What did you learn from the book?
  • What was your favorite part of the story? Why?
  • Did the story remind you of something in your life? On TV? In another book? On the computer?
  • Can you tell me what happened in the story at the beginning? Middle? End?
  • If the author wrote or continued this story, what would happen next?
  • Pick out some beautiful language or important sentence in the story and ask your child, What did the author mean when he wrote___________________?
  • If time has passed by in the story or through several stories in sequels to a book, How could we tell that time had passed by in the story?
  • Was the character nice or mean? Good or bad? How could you tell?
  • How did the story make you feel?

Most importantly read, and read and read with your child. It is such a great activity and their teacher will thank you for all the wonderful things your child understands about books when they start Kindergarten.


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