I always wonder how much Luke actually gets out of the chapter books we read. It definitely makes me feel good when I hear him make real-life connections to literature because it shows he is thinking about what we’ve read.
Tonight we bought him a bike and helmet for his upcoming birthday. He was so excited! One of the first things he said was, “Now I have a crash helmet just like Ralph!” (We finished reading The Mouse & the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary a few days ago.)
To help your child start making connections to things they’ve read, begin by modeling it for them: “This reminds me of (a part in a book you’ve read) because _____________.”
For example: “Hey, baking cookies with you makes me think about The Gingerbread Man; I hope OUR cookies don’t try to run away like he did!”
Making connections is a GREAT reading strategy to help increase comprehension, and it’s never too early to start!
Teaching reading is my passion. I taught reading in public school for 7 years: 5 years in a 5th grade classroom, and 2 years as a K-5 reading intervention specialist. I have a master’s degree in Reading Education and hold National Board Certification in Reading/Language Arts: Early and Middle Childhood. I also personally love to read.
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