So… you’re at home. Unexpectedly. Perhaps you have a perfect schedule already lined up for the day and you know how you are going to make the most of your time. Or perhaps you are still just figuring out if it’s okay to be in your PJS at 3 in the afternoon? Whether you’ve got a bucket-list for the next three weeks, or you are just trying to make it through the next three hours (that’s bedtime in our house) we’ve got some ideas to help make the most of this time.
One recommendation you are going to hear a lot from educators is to simply have your kids read! And we would commend you to do that too! But, we imagine that your at-home libraries are not as robust as a classroom library or your local public library. And unless you are a literacy nerd like mr, you likely didn’t go stock up on books at your local library before they closed down. (You needed to get groceries and toilet paper for your family!)
So, you want your kid to be reading but you only have a limited number of books. First, please know that research shows re-reading is actually very beneficial to a child’s vocabulary, fluency and comprehension. You might be tired of the story, but if your kid is still interested, have them read it again. But what if they have read them over and over already (and so have you!) ? How can you keep your kids engaged with the few books they do have at home?
- 1. Turn the story into a Readers Theater! Readers theater is a wonderful way to support a child’s fluency. The goal is NOT to have the reader memorize the text – quite the opposite. The goal is to have the reader step into the characters and perform while reading the story. There are many resources online to find scripts, but why waste the printing paper? A child can create a reader’s theater from any text. For example, you have a beloved copy of Mo Willems “My friend is Sad”. Your first grader could make simple puppets with paper and then read aloud the story, play-acting for Elephant and Piggie. You’ll want to look out for stories that have lots of funny action and great dialogue. We hope you have at least one of those in your home library.