Back To School: Tips For Getting
The Most Out Of Reading
For the last few months, the kids read young-adult novels or flipped through picture books between donning sports gear from one summer team to the next, but school is back in session and reading has changed. Kids look at the books they read for school differently than they do the ones they read for pleasure. Here are some tips to make sure they are getting the most out of their reading.
Outline The Book
This is especially helpful with chapter books. As your child is reading through a book, encourage them to keep an outline of the important events in the book with chapter reference points. Summarizing the major points in each chapter will help your child evaluate and analyze the overall theme of the book. Understanding each chapter can also help if children are going to be tested on what they have read or if they must write a paper.
Draw Out Scenes
If your child has a hard time following a story, it could help them to draw out a scene. When there is a book with a lot of activity inside of a house, it could help to draw the layout of the house. This helps children immerse themselves into the plot more with a clearer visual. Art helps in strengthening focus and increasing attention. Merging art with reading can help a child to take in the subject matter of what they are reading by encouraging interaction with the story.
There is always something to learn in a book. Encourage your child to ask you questions when they encounter a new word. When they find a new word, encourage them to use it in a sentence later in the day. Books touch on a wide variety of subjects; your child could learn something about any topic from Christmas gift ideas to how to prevent bullying.
What Would You Do?
After your child has read a chapter book, ask them if there were any actions a character took that they would change. This is an opportunity for them to acknowledge consequences and preventative steps. As children grow up, they will be faced with more and more moral dilemmas. Books can give them chances to think through some of these dilemmas and understand that they have the power of choice.
Set Aside Time
When books are assigned for reading, they are often skimmed through quickly. Set aside enough time to make sure the message of the book has an opportunity to be understood. Encourage your child to talk to you each night about what they are reading and what they have taken away from the book. Each child's interpretation can be different. As an adult, it is a great opportunity to learn how your child interprets a message and to ensure that your child is getting the most out of their reading.
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