Reading Corner

Reading can be so much fun during this time of year. But if you are still struggling with finding the time to read (because of busy schedules) or with getting your child to read then start taking books with you! While you are waiting for an appointment, take your child’s book out. While you are shopping at the Avenue, take the book out and stop for some reading time in their “grassy” area. Taking books on the go or reading in a different place might be just the motivation your child needs to read! 

Nonfiction texts are very unique, but it is not often the type of text that your child is drawn too. Kids love to read about real people, places, and events. Nonfiction books present real information in engaging and interesting ways. However, most kids read a lot more fiction than nonfiction, so spend some extra time helping your reader learn how to navigate a nonfiction book. Some tips for reading nonfiction text are 

Tip 1: Talk about nonfiction 
Begin by explaining that the book you're about to share is nonfiction. That means that the book will give us information that is true. The book will be organized around a specific topic or idea and we may learn new facts through reading. Some kids even enjoy sorting their home libraries into fiction and nonfiction books. This simple categorization task helps your child understand the difference between fiction and nonfiction. 

Tip 2: Be the reading boss 
Nonfiction books do not have to be read from cover to cover. Readers can use the table of contents and index to jump right to the information they are most interested in. In that way, they are the "reading boss" of that book! However, if your reader wants to read from cover to cover, encourage him to use the table of contents to understand how the book is organized. "First we will learn about the different types of frogs. Then we'll learn where they can live, what they eat, and how they survive." Passages from the book can be reread as often as necessary until your child understands what is written. You can refer to pictures, charts and tables over and over again as well. 

As natural learners, young readers are drawn to books that give information about something or explain something they've always wondered about. With a little help and guidance about reading nonfiction, you can feel good about introducing your child to a new world of information. 

 Happy Reading!


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