If your young reader has trouble remembering the details of a book he just read, or if you just have a disinterested reader, try this activity to jog his memory and keep his interest! Next time your child begins a new book, start a "diary" of important details from the story, like that character's name and the setting, to put your child in the shoes of the character. It will help him become more interested in reading and help boost his memory skills! Use this fun twist on reading so the next time a book report is due he'll have (and remember!) all the information he needs to complete it!
As your child reads the book, encourage him to remember details about a favorite character's life.
When he's finished with the book, invite him to imagine that he's one of the main characters from the book. Then, on the sheet of paper, have your child answer the following questions:
What is your name?
How old are you?
What is today's date (in the story)?
Who are your friends?
Where do you live?
Do you go to school?
What makes you sad or upset?
What makes you happy?
On another sheet of paper, ask your child to describe a significant event that happened to the character. Have him answer and explain the following:
Describe what happened during the event.
How did it make you feel?
How did you solve the problem?
Was anyone else involved?
If so, who? What role did they play?
Finally, discuss the significant event together. Ask your child if he would have reacted in the same way or differently, and why. Not only will this help him remember the story, but he'll gain insight into another person's life...even if that person is just a character in a book!