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Five Best Practices to Teach Reading with Children's Literature

...some things you might consider from this reading teacher

First and foremost, your students need time to read.  Independent reading can be done everyday and turn into a very enjoyable endeavor.  Your students will love having time when they can choose their own books to read.  Set aside at least 30 minutes in your day for independent reading.  This practice is for preschoolers to college and beyond.  

Next, to support the independent reading, you will need a literate-rich environment.  Classroom libraries are the heart of your classroom. Book shelves at home show young children that reading is something you enjoy and like to do in your home.   Children's Literature is vast and wide. Many authors to read... and the picture books are simply beautiful.  Once you get started, one book will lead to another.   Allow your students and children to organize the library as they will take ownership of this entire reading experience at school or at home.  Allow some time for the children to peruse and look for their book choices.  You are the final judge of what books are in your home and  classroom so all the books will be appropriate for the children.  Teachers remember to have many levels and kinds of books.  Diversified instruction includes the awareness of many levels in one grade... and many interests in one group of children.   

So, so many books!  Parents remember trips to the library are a great occasion and a wonderful way to find the many stories that entertain your child.  Children's literature provides the rich text that engage the reader.  Children's literature models good writing and story elements. 

Reading aloud, one and all!  Choose some great picture books and chapter books to engage the entire class.  When you read aloud to children,  you are modeling good reading strategies and engaging your students in books they may not be quite ready to read independently.   Listening to another person's voice, especially teacher or parent, and following the story allows the children to visualize scenes from the story and learn story elements.  Most teacher read alouds inevitably end with a class discussion.   Talking about books is valuable as we think and discuss what the author's message might be. Parents who read with their children create a loving bond with each other around stories and books.  You will find that book talks happen at the dinner table.  

Provide opportunities for your child to read to you from the books they are reading. You be the listener.

Encourage your students to read many different genre... books of fiction, informational books, magazines, internet articles, poetry, newspapers, and writing journals.  Readers read!  Even preschoolers can have favorite magazines.  Check out the selection at your local library... and oh, don't forget to get a library card in your child's name.  It gives them ownership and pride to be in charge of their own library transactions.  

When your child is ready,  encourage him or her  to write about the book.  At school, you may display these book reviews in a place where others can see them.  At home, reading journals are a perfect way to get them writing.  Remember pictures are fine!  Pictures are writing.

 Now, listen to your reader!  Hear your children  talk about books.  Hear your students ask questions about books.  Hear one student ask another student "Can I read that book after you?"  Classes who read real stories written by real authors love reading; when they love reading, they spend time reading and when they spend time reading; their reading achievement improves.    You can find teaching resources here on my website for literature circles, book talks, and writing about books.  Happy Reading!  And remember one book leads to another!  You may want to check back as I am busy creating more teaching resources to help children read, write, think, listen, speak and become skillful mathematicians.  

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Christine Quimby, M.Ed.

Elementary Teacher

Reading Specialist

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