I've challenged myself to read at least one chapter book to my children each month. If you have children at home and want to join this challenge, check out this post.I read The Stupendous Dodgeball Fiasco last month. Here are some highlights:
* I asked my children to pretend to be the main character eleven year old Phillip.
* When Phillip had a decision to make I'd ask my children to say what they would do. Then we'd read to find out what Phillip decided to do.
* I asked my children how they would feel when things happened to Phillip.
* I loved the language and descriptions the author used to help us make pictures in our heads, smell things, and understand how characters felt. We took time to reread some good descriptions. My kids took turns telling how a picture or feeling became clear. Sometimes I shared how the words helped me think, feel, or see something better.
* We tried to figure out meanings of some difficult words. Sometimes I'd show my children how the author gives clues to the meanings. Sometimes I'd tell them the meanings. Sometimes they made a good guess at the meaning of a word. My favorite word was menacing. (B.B. gave Phillip a menacing wink.) One of my kids said, "Oh, like Dennis the Menace!" We were able to figure out the menacing meant something bad was about to happen.
The book I plan to read for November is A Lion to Guard Us by Clyde Robert Bulla.
Please share in a comment about the book you read last month and let us know what book you'll be reading this month. By sharing with others you can make a good intention become a reality. The challenge is helping me make reading an entire book a priority with my busy family. The biggest benefit I saw last month was my seven year old son is enjoying reading chapter books on his own at his level. He says he's able to make pictures in his head now. He still reads picture books too. I read an article recently about making sure children continue to read picture books and not just chapter books. I wanted to share the link here, but I couldn't find it. If anyone knows the article and has the link, please share it in a comment.