Picture in Your Head
As described in Theme 8, you will stop now and then while reading to your child to talk about what has happened so far. Another helpful technique for your child is to ask him or her to think about what is happening and to “make a picture in your head” of the characters and events. This will help your child fill in events that are not illustrated and better remember the events. It will also help your child when he or she is listening to books on tape or CD, or to stories that are read aloud. You will identify with this technique because most older children and adults create these images while they are reading non-illustrated books.
Retell Informational Texts
In addition to fantasy and fiction stories, your child may be interested in stories that have informational text about certain topics. These books present a different type of reading. They often have more photos or illustrations than fiction stories, and the text is often in captions as well as in shorter text sections. Readers of informational text are looking for important facts about a topic.
As you read these texts with your child, it is still helpful to stop now and then to talk about the important facts you have learned. Ask your child to tell you the important facts as you read. When you have finished reading, ask him or her to retell these important facts. Sometimes the first, next, last organization will apply to informational text, but sometimes it will not.
Encourage your child to retell the facts to others, too. His or her interests may vary greatly in these kinds of texts, so if it is possible to go to a library occasionally, you will find books to suit most of your child's growing interests.
Vocabulary Boost: We're learning words about the spring! Here are some words to discuss with your child: bud, bloom, blossoms, change (changes, changing), nature, spring, symmetry.