(*Note: Pie Corbett is an educational writer and a poet who has written well over two hundred books. He is a well-known teacher, famous for promoting creative approaches in the classroom.)
My son and daughter-in-law are very selective in the programs that my grandchildren watch. There are some fine programs for preschool children on TV these days, but too much of a good thing is not a good thing.
Parents need to get the message loud and clear... READING REALLY MATTERS!
If you're not doing it now, it's not too late to start. Read books, recite nursery rhymes, read fairy tales. Don't depend on Disney to teach your children.
At "Nonna and Me" we encourage parents to watch our video, listen to our CD, and read our books along with their children and initiate discussion on what they see and hear. The following guidelines and sample questions (taken from Reading To Kids) are designed to help you initiate these discussions and will improve your children's story comprehension.
|1. Predicting Outcomes|
|•||Based on the title, what do you think book is about?|
|•||What do you think will happen next?|
|2. Making Inferences and Grasping Implied Ideas|
|•||What kind of person is the King? Why?|
|•||What lets us know that the boy is scared?|
|3. Appraising Soundness of Ideas|
|•||What plan did the mice have? Was this a wise, or unwise idea?|
|•||Can you think of a better way to solve Ted's problem?|
|•||What would you do if it were you?|
|4. Comparing Similarities and Differences|
|•||How is Sally different from Susan?|
|•||What are two things that the children have in common?|
|5. Distinguishing Real from Make-Believe|
|•||Could these things really happen?|
|•||What kinds of things on this page are make-believe?|
|6. Seeing Cause and Effect Relationships|
|•||What caused Bobby to ask that?|
|•||Because Ellen did that, what happened?|