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Looking At The Same Book With New Eyes

February 16, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 121

In a previous article, I wrote about the reasons why young children tend to choose the same book/s to read every story time. Repetition does bring about mastery, even in story reading in the early childhood years. Parents and teachers have no other choice but to give in to those sweet requests of "Please read 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar' once again," by a pleading child.

An adult however, can still enrich each encounter with a favorite book. Instead of just reading through the book with your child, the following can be done.

Dig deeper!

Ask as many "why" questions as you can! Pause at certain parts of the story and briefly evaluate what has happened. "Why do you think the caterpillar keeps on eating and eating?" pr "Why did he end up having a tummy ache?" From your child's response, you can gain insight about your child's reasoning skills. Does he have a realistic understanding of what is happening to the character? Or is he starting to relate the story to real life events?

"Why" questions also help develop a child's critical thinking skills. Give the children the chance to reason out and defend their answers. Be accepting of their responses in the beginning. Challenge them to the limits when it is already appropriate.

Pause, Omit or Mix-up

Stop at certain parts and ask your child what will happen in the next page of the story. Challenge him by changing the course of the story or some important story detail and allow him to correct you. Humor your child by mixing up the order of events. They might get a little upset at times, so know when to stop.

By doing this, adults get to test how much the child knows about the story. Children who have not yet "owned" the story will just accept your revisions. On the other hand, children who have "tasted, chewed and swallowed" the story will fight to death about the story details.

Link to reality

It is important to always relate each story or learned concept or skill to a child's reality. Talk about a story character's challenge and relate it to his own experience. "Remember when you had a tummy ache? Do you think he caterpillar felt the same pain as you did?" you may ask. Together you can discuss what pieces of advice to give in order for the caterpillar to feel better. Bringing back each learning to a child's immediate experience makes the book relevant and incredibly meaningful.

Reading the same book over and over need not be boring. Try out each suggestion at different times. At the end of each session, you will be looking at the same book with a new pair of eyes.

For more great tips for struggling readers feel free to join us at Reading Strategies For Struggling Readers.

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