Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Read Aloud: Stuart Little and How to Promote Language and Retelling Skills

We start out our mornings with Reading Time right after breakfast on most mornings, except weekends when we have a more flexible schedule.  I use this time to build their reading comprehension skills in Spanish. As I read, my 2 year old likes to repeat short phrases that I read.  My 4 year old asks questions regarding meaning of certain words.

For the past few weeks, we have been reading Stuart Little by E.B. White. Some mornings we do coloring sheets, other times we talk about the story, and other times we use objects to retell the story.
This is the first chapter book I am reading to my children ages 4 and 2 (soon to be 5 and 3). If there are some complex words, I explain the meaning as we read. I do ask a lot of questions as we read to check for understanding. I also ask them a lot "What do you think is going to happen?" kind of questions.

So far their favorite chapter has been Stuart Little's adventure searching for his Mom's ring.

Today we read about Stuart Little's Boat Race.

Although this was a longer chapter, the kids were enthusiastic to hear how Stuart, such a tiny little creature was going to make it.

To make it more fun, I stopped reading at the section where Stuart fell into the water.

My daughter said: "noooo!" "He can't 'ahogar' - drown!"

Then she added, "he has to swim!"

Sure thing, Stuart made it safely back into the boat.

We used paper to cover the boats to show the clouds and upcoming storm followed by wind sounds they made.

When The Wasp and Lillian B. Womrath bumped into each other, my daughter quickly moved Stuart Little's boat into the finish line, which we marked with a red straw.

The people who came to see Stuart's race where their little toy figure and Minion, since it's bigger, became the police officer.

As I was putting the book away, the kids used the boats and pretended to be on a race. They also showed me how the police officer was being pushed by all the people who went to see Stuart Little at the boat.

I encourage you to read chapter books to your children. They will be interested in hearing the story and they will hear your excitement as you read the story. Be prepared to answer questions, but also be ready to ask them questions as well.

If you don't feel like reading, find audio books and play them while your children play. They are able to listen to a story while playing.

Hope you found this post useful!

Happy Reading!
~ Fabi   

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