Ideas for Responses to Literature
In addition to reading aloud, there are endless possibilities for links to literature that encourage responses. The table below provides response possibilities for home and school. Remember, though, that the primary purpose of reading with young children is for enjoyment. Plan only those response activities that occur naturally from books.
|At Preschool or Child-Care Center||At Home|
|Storytelling||Tell family stories or make up stories|
|Book-related dramatic play||Help your child act out favorite books|
|Story-retelling||Encourage your child to tell the story to you|
|Shared book experience using big books||Make "little books" with your child|
|Art projects||Help your child draw pictures about favorite stories|
|Cooking||Let your child help you make simple recipes|
|Music and movement||Sing songs to your child and make up movements|
|Story dictation||Write down stories your child dictates to you|
|Puppets||Make puppets from small paper bags and have a play|
|Flannel-board stories||Use the small flannel board in the take-home packet to help your child retell the story|
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