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Reading Comprehension – 8 Ways to Reinforce Your Child’s Understanding

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Try some of these strategies to help your child with reading comprehension Here are eight ways to reinforce a young child’s reading comprehension… You will also want to read our page about reading comprehension. Please click on the book covers for information about each picture book. Before opening the cover of a book, take a moment to talk about the cover art and encourage your youngster to make some predictions. Do you suppose…

Reading and Interpreting Pictures Supports Reading Comprehension

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011

…ld coins in his hand? or Do you see anything that looks usual in this picture? Wordless Picture Books Encourage Children to Interpret and Comprehend Wordless picture books are great tools for helping children to develop good comprehension and interpretation skills. We invite you to visit our Wordless Picture Books page to discover why great wordless picture books make narratives easily understood. Once a child has ‘read’ a wordless picture book…

5 Reading Comprehension Tips for Parents

Friday, April 8th, 2011

…we should remember the goal of reading: comprehension. It is not enough to be able to read words, readers must be able to understand the words they are reading. You may be interested in Storytime Standouts’ page about comprehension. With very young children, we can take steps to support reading comprehension by asking • for predictions and guesses: “How do you think this story will end?” or “What will the bears do when…

Reading Comprehension

Sunday, October 31st, 2010

…the ice? Remember that just a few extra minutes spent talking about a book will help your child learn to retell stories, make predictions and connect stories with his own experiences. Storytime Standouts posts about reading comprehension Reading Comprehension Printables Our early learning printables, including our Compound Word Riddles are in PDF format, if you don’t already use Adobe Reader, you will need to use it to access the…

Stimulating Language Development with Wordless Picture Books

Wednesday, November 9th, 2011

Chicken and Cat Clean Up written and illustrated by Sara Varon Wordless Picture Book published by Scholastic If you have not yet enjoyed a wordless picture book with your child(ren), I would like to introduce you to this genre. “Reading” wordless picture books together with your child stimulates language development because the “reader” takes an active part in telling the story. Once you and your child have “read” the story from beginning to…

Loving books can be contagious – Reading Power

Monday, October 14th, 2013

…Yesterday, I attended, perhaps, the best workshop I’ve ever had the pleasure of attending. I was extremely motivated, captivated, and inspired by Adrienne Gear who is the teacher behind “Reading Power.” Her passion led her to develop a different way to approach learners and really help them tackle the other half of reading: the comprehending and connecting part of reading….

Wordless Picture Book Fun – Hocus Pocus

Monday, November 21st, 2011

Regular readers of Storytime Standouts will know that I am a fan of wordless and almost wordless picture books. When an adult shares a wordless picture book with a child, the adult loses the “reading advantage.” In a wordless picture book, there are almost no words to read. The story is told through the illustrations so both adult and child can partner to “read” the story and decide what it is all about. Wordless picture…

How to Help a Child Read Unfamiliar Words

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

There are all sorts of ways we can help children to read unfamiliar words. When children struggle to decode an unfamiliar words, here are some strategies to suggest. Picture Clues – Almost all books for beginning and emergent readers are generously illustrated. We want children to “read” the pictures and use what they see in the illustrations to help them read the text. Encourage your child to look at the illustrations and…

Special Wordless Picture Books to Enjoy with Your Child

Friday, August 19th, 2011

Wordless picture books are great for encouraging language development in young children. These books usually tell a story, clearly depicting a series of events. Before attempting to tell a ’story’, children should be encouraged to look through the entire book and get a sense of what is about to happen and how the story ends. Many children delight in the discovery that there are no words to ‘read.’ This can make for an exciting role reversal as…

Our Free Printables

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

…for Reading and other workshops Alphabets – bright and colourful upper case and lower case letters, alphabet dominos, alphabet matching and The Alphabet Song for children who are learning letter names and letter sounds Comprehension – including sequencing activities and other ways to support children with reading comprehension Fingerplays, Songs, Poems and More – preschool and kindergarten songs, fingerplays, chants and rhymes…

Time to Reestablish the Bedtime Reading Ritual

Monday, September 1st, 2014

…his routine going again. Get them excited about books, about reading. Maybe pick out a special book at the library or bookstore to get you back into things. Students reading every night plays a huge role in their fluency and comprehension. Whether you’re reading to them or they are reading to you, this is a time that can result in great conversations with your kids. Why would the main character do that? Would YOU do that? What might you…

Books for Bedtime! Special Stories to Share with Children

Saturday, May 20th, 2017

…iled and engaging illustrations that tell most of the story. Of course, the joke is on Dad as he has no idea what is happening behind his back, as his son gets ready for bed. Good fun and a great opportunity for language and comprehension development. Carefully ‘reading’ the illustrations and talking about what is happening is a big part of this bedtime story. 10 Minutes till Bedtime at Amazon.com 10 Minutes till Bedtime at Amazon.ca…

Wordless Picture Book Fun with Flora

Sunday, August 14th, 2016

…Idle Wordless Picture Book published by Chronicle Kids From my perspective, wordless picture books are an under-appreciated genre. “Readable” in any language (or multiple languages), they help children to develop comprehension skills and they can be used to prompt discussion and encourage language development. Last week, I had the pleasure to read two wordless picture books by Molly Idle. Floral and the Flamingo was published in…

Freckle Juice – a fun chapter book for children aged 7 and up

Monday, April 22nd, 2013

…Roald Dahl…these books still hook children the way the used to, with their characters and stories of friendship, choices and childhood. Whether freckles, curly hair, or crooked teeth, every person has something they wish they could change about themselves and Blume finds a way to tell readers that we are all perfect, just the way we are. Freckle Juice at Amazon.com Freckle Juice at Amazon.ca Freckle Juice Comprehension Questions from…

The Reading Zone by Nancie Atwell – Discover Ways to Help Teen Readers

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

…216;class’ can be transformed into a teen reading ‘zone.’ She also discusses the three categories of book difficulty: Holidays, Challenges and Just Rights. Her chapters on teen reading include Choice, Ease, Comprehension, Booktalking, Boys, Commmunicating with Parents and High School. The book’s appendix lists How to Create a National Reading Zone. This is a book that every parent of a preteen or teen reader and most…

Beyond Bedtime Stories – Early Literacy Can Include So Much More Than Just Reading Aloud

Friday, October 21st, 2011

…find offensive?” and “Should I teach my child to read before kindergarten?” Beyond Bedtime Stories also includes suggestions of ways to fill your home with books even if you are on a budget, how to improve comprehension and ways to promote literacy inside and outside your home. This is a very worthwhile resource for young families, daycare and preschool settings. Beyond Bedtime Stories: A Parent’s Guide to Promoting…

Wordless

Thursday, June 7th, 2012

…th an adult, he should be encouraged to share the book with someone else. Making an opportunity to reconstruct and retell a story is valuable for a young child because reconstructing and retelling a story is a way to confirm comprehension. Wordless and almost wordless picture books can be enjoyed in any language or in many languages. In a multilingual community or family, the versatility of wordless picture books cannot be overstated….

Spring Theme Printables for preschool and kindergarten

Sunday, April 3rd, 2011

Easter and Spring theme free printables for children that you can download and use at home or in a classroom right away. Step 1 – Make sure you have Adobe Reader. If you don’t have it, please click on the ‘Get Adobe Reader’ button to install it for free. Step 2 – Pin this page, bookmark this page, share this page, “Like” us on Facebook or sign up for our newsletter. Step 3 – Choose from any of…

This year we won’t sign up for the Summer Reading Club – but I still want the boys to read

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

…1; I was determined to find some for my nine year old even if he didn’t want to look. I picked up a little of this and a little of that – some short mytery stories for him to solve (these can be great for reading comprehension because usually kids have to be read very carefully if they hope to pick up on the critical clues), some ‘how to’ books (do I really want to build electrical circuits and make stuff from paper mache…

Storytime Standouts Tips for Getting Ready to Read While in the Car

Sunday, September 4th, 2011

…re ways to help your child develop phonemic awareness, follow this link to visit our Phonemic Awareness page. Discovering Meaning ‘These words are opposites; in & out, wet & dry, awake & asleep. Listen to my words. Are they opposites?’ (1) black & white (2) yes & no (3) sad & crying For more ways to help your child with reading comprehension, follow this link….

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