9 Great Apps for Teaching Kids to Read

9 Great Apps for Teaching Kids to Read

Nothing excites me more than seeing kids reading books and teaching kids to read.  There are many reading websites for kids and now there are a ton of apps out there as well.  One of my favorite ones is Raz kids reading.  Here is a list of some of my favorite apps out there for the ipad.  Click on the video below to see more information about each of these apps.

1.  Kindle

2.  Raz Kids

3.  Kids Reading Logs

4.  News - O - Matic

5.  Reading Rainbow

6.  Story Botsstorybots

7.  Tick Tack Pippi Kids Speed Reading Game

8.  Epic Books

9.  World's Worst Pet Vocabulary

10 Signs of a Struggling Reader and What You Can do About it

10 Signs of a Struggling Reader and What You Can do About it

You may be one of those people that wonders if your child is struggling with reading.  All kids develop at different rates and each grade level has different
expectations.  Here you are going to learn what signs to look for and identify if your child fits in that category.  You will also have the opportunity to take a look to see what you can do for your child if she is struggling with that area.  At the end of this post there is a video of a call that I did teaching parents what they can do to determine if their child is struggling.  So here are the 10 signs to look for to determine if you indeed have a struggling reader.

1.  They ask you to read something for them.Young man fallen asleep after long reading

2.  They ask you how to spell a word.

3.  They come up with excuses not to read.

4. They read word by word.

5.  They can't answer questions about what they just read.

6.  They don't make comments when they are reading.

7.  They skip words.

8.  They slur words when reading and hope that you don't notice.

9.  They keep asking you the meaning of words.

10.  They read as fast and they can.

We are going to take a look at each of these specifically and figure out what the real problem is and what some solutions are to the problem.

They ask you to read something for them

Now asking you to read something is not a problem unless it seems like they are constantly asking you to do it.  The problem is, they are suffering from a lack of self confidence about their reading.  They don't see themselves as being able to accurately read what is before them.  So you will want to find out specifically why they are asking you to read it for them.

Ask your child why they need you to read it for them.  Is it because they don't know how to read certain words or because they need help understanding a concept?  You will want to delve more into it to determine that.

Another thing you can do is ask your child to read it to you.  That way you can listen to see what the problem seems to be.  You will be able to listen to whether they are struggling with a word or they have a blank look like they aren't understanding a concept.

They ask you how to spell a word

Kids that struggle with reading also struggle with spelling.  Spelling is actually a harder task than reading because it requires you to have mastered the phonics rules, which don't always make sense.  The problem here is also a lack of self confidence.  They don't trust that they can write the word correctly, so they ask you because surely you know how to do it.  Why risk being wrong, when you have the answer.  The thing is, you don't want to be their solution.  You can't travel around with them all day long to help them with their spelling.

So, give your child an opportunity to try it on their own first.  If your child spells it correctly, then you can congratulate her and build up her self confidence.  If it is wrong, then you can write the word the correct way next to it.  Then your child can look for the errors that she made and then write it the correct way.  To give some added practice you can have your child write the word an additional 5 to 10 times to begin to lock in how to spell the word correctly.

They come up with excuses not to read

One of the problems here is motivation.  Your child would rather be doing anything else in the world than reading and the thought of having to read sounds like pure torture.  Find out why your child doesn't want to read, by asking her.  Sometimes it is because they just haven't found the right books yet.  To find books that your child will love, you can go to www.goodreads.com and type in the search bar "3rd grade books".  Insert your child's grade level or reading level and find some books that other kids their age are enjoying.

Many kids love spending time with their parents.  Some like to snuggle, some like to be close by.  Whatever the situation is for you and your child, next time do it with a book.  You can simply read to your child or switch off from page to page.  This way you can model great reading habits and motivate them more to want to read.

They read word by word

Nothing can sound more monotonous than a child that reads word by word.  The biggest problem here is fluency.  We want reading to sound like we are talking and not to sound robotic.

Repeated readings of the same text can be a way for kids to break this word by word reading pattern.  There are some fun poems on www.gigglepoetry.com that you can check out.  There are also some poetry theater readings that you can do with your child that can help them with practicing a text for meaning.  Have your child perform the poems to other family members or call grandma and grandpa to listen to it.  The poems will be entertaining for your child, and everyone will laugh.  Making reading fun is a sure way to break that word by word reading.

They can't answer questions about what they just read

The problem here is comprehension.  A child can sound like he or she is a good reader, but not actually be reading to understand.  Being able to sound out words and read them correctly is only part of the reading process.  We want kids to be able to think about what they are reading and make meaning out of it.  A comprehension problem can be based off of not thinking about the words, but it can also be based on not knowing the meaning of words.  Pay attention to what the situation could be for your child.

As you are listening to your child read, have her summarize at the end of a page periodically.  This will give you an opportunity to see if she is processing what she is reading.  If she doesn't know how to do that, then you can model with her when you are reading books to her at night.  After you are done reading a page, then you can summarize what is happening.

They don't make comments when they are reading

As we are reading, we are thinking about what we are reading.  However a child that has no thinking going on during their reading is purely just reading the words and not comprehending the text.  As we are reading many different kinds of thoughts run through our head.  We make statements, such as, "Hmmm...I didn't know that."  We also make predictions about what is going to happen next.  We ask different kinds of questions, and we monitor our reading for understanding.  Lastly, we make connections.  We can make connections between the book and our life, other books, and the world.

This is where reading aloud to your child can help.  It gives you the opportunity to be able to model the thoughts that go through your head when you are reading, so that they can begin to understand what kinds of thoughts could be going through their head when they are reading.

They skip words

The problem here could be phonics or a lack of sight words in their long term memory.  Sometimes kids skip words because they don't want to take the time to figure them out.  Sometimes they are focusing on the next big word that they see.  If you notice that your child is doing this you can have her go back and read it.  If the word is too difficult, then you can help her break it up.

Sometimes though a word cannot be read phonetically, and it just has to be memorized.  To help your child memorize the word, you can collect difficult words on index cards.  On one side write the word.  On the other side you can write a sentence that your child comes up with.  Then you can practice the words that your child has difficulty with and increase her ability to read sight words.

They slur words when they are reading and hope that you don't notice

This is usually a phonics problem.  The child doesn't know the word, so they slur it to try to skip under the radar.  Talk to your child about the importance of reading the sounds distinctly.  This will help her be able to retain the meaning of what she is reading.  Also, make her go back to the word and read it again.  You can try to help her break up the word to read it, or add it to the sight word index cards to practice.

They keep asking the meaning of words

When this happens, the problem is vocabulary.  Your child needs to increase her vocabulary.  An easy way to do this is to speak to your child more.  As adults our vocabularies are much larger than our children, so the more they hear us talk, the more they pick up words and the meanings of words.  It has been proven that children who have parents that talk to them for longer periods during the day have a much larger vocabulary than children who do not.

Make sure to eat dinner together and talk about your days as a family.  Also, the more that you read to your child, the more words that he or she will pick up accidentally.  The more opportunities that you provide for your child to hear new words the better.  There has been no research that shows kids learn new vocabulary words from watching t.v., so limit tube time and exchange it for you time.

They read as fast as they can

Again, this is a fluency problem.  The child has gotten in their head that the faster they read, the better reader they are, and this just isn't true.  There are different times when reading fast is necessary.  For example, when you need to quickly skim and scan to find an answer.  However, to read as fast as you can just so that you can be done quicker has never proven to help out with overall comprehension, so have her slow down and really take in what she is reading.

Motivation could be another factor here as well.  So whenever you have the opportunity to provide choices for your child, you will want to do so.  Kids choosing what they want to read has always been a huge motivator to slow down and understand what they are reading.

For more tips on each of these signs you can watch the video below.  Is there a sign that you have noticed from your child, and you are wondering if they have a problem?  Let me know, and we can brainstorm some solutions that might help.

 

Newest Book Release: A Spectacular Natural Wonder

Newest Book Release: A Spectacular Natural Wonder

Today is a super awesome day.  As many of you know, I love writing as much as I love reading.  Today my newest book called A Spectacular Natural Wonder: A_Spectacular_Natura_Cover_for_KindleNiagara Falls hits the Amazon shelves.  I was inspired to write this book after visiting the Falls myself.  Last year after visiting  with my family I wrote part of this poem.  I wanted to teach about Niagara Falls in a fun way, so I began writing it in poetry style.  This is one of those things that got put on the back shelf since I have been working vigorously on my Tutorpreneur program to teach other tutors how to run their own tutoring business.  This year, as we were travelling, I was reminded about it.  I begin revising my poem and then started searching for the best photographers that could help tell my story.  It was easy to do, but much more time consuming than I thought.  I worked and worked and worked on it to get it just right.  I am really pleased with the final product and would love for you to open the pages of it and enjoy it.  You will feel like you are right there in the falls experiencing it throughout all times of the year.

As I have been tutoring children in reading online, I have found that one of the areas that they struggle with is non-fiction reading.  Many children have a gap in their fiction and non-fiction reading levels.  Specifically girls find reading non-fiction as boring.  However, the more non-fiction books that a child reads, the higher their success rate in all of their other classes.  It is important that children are exposed to as much non-fiction books as possible.  This was one of the inspirations for writing this book.  I used easy to read language so that the earliest of readers could enjoy it over and over again.  It can even be read to younger children before bed, without boring them to pieces.

If you are interested in checking out the book, you can find it on Amazon.  A Spectacular Natural Wonder: Niagara Falls.

What is the most spectacular place that you have visited?

Evaluating books – 7th Habit of Highly Effective Readers

Evaluating books – 7th Habit of Highly Effective Readers

Well, it is that time of year again. My kids are off to school, and I am excited to begin writing a brand new book. I will be creating the book through this blog, and you will have free access to all of it’s content here. This book/blog series is called 7 Habits of Highly Effective Readers and will give you information on what you can do to create an avid reader.

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This is it.  The very last post in this series.  See how easy it can be to write a book.  I started this in September, and now the rough draft of the book is complete.  It just takes consistent action each day, and it is done in no time at all.

After a highly effective reader has finished a book, they immediately have a response.  They think, hmmm... "Did I like it or not like it?"  How a book ends plays a big-human-65931_640 part in whether someone likes a book or not.  If they don't like the ending, then they most likely will not like it.

A group of 7th graders were reading the book Monsters by Walter Dean Myers and one girl said, "I have never liked a book that a teacher has suggested before.  This book has been great all the way until the end. I hate that the author ended the book with a question."  That speaks volumes for how important an ending can be.  The book was great until the last sentence.  This reader doesn't like to be left hanging, but it is allowing her to discover what she likes and doesn't like about reading certain books.

Having an opinion about a book isn't just liking it and not liking it.  It is backing up what you have to say.  Why do you like it?  Which parts did you like?  Which parts didn't you like?  If you were the author, would you change anything?  If so, what would that be?

Having these opinions about books is pivotal to figuring out your own tastes in reading.  It helps you become a better judge of a book the next time you pick one up.  If you know that you don't like a certain genre because it has never caught your attention, then you will be less likely to pick that genre up again.  However, if you did like a certain genre, then you may be more likely to pick it up again.

Getting into  the habit of evaluating a book is powerful for a child.  I am going to show you how powerful it can really be.  Remember at the beginning of the book when I mentioned that Goodreads was a good tool?  Well, now we are going to see how it is like Pandora.

Everyone loves Pandora for it's ability to customize music channels with music you totally love.  Well Goodreads does the same thing for books.  You leave your recommendation for how you felt about a book and then rate it on a scale of 1-5 stars.  Based on your reviews Goodreads will recommend other books.  Here is how the stars break down.

1 star = I hated this book

2 stars = I did not like this book

3 stars = This book was o.k

4 stars = This book was really good

5 stars = I loved this book

Have your child create an account with their e-mail address.  If your child does not have an e-mail address, then you can sign up under an e-mail address that you do not access all the time.  Then your child can become active in the community and begin rating the books that she has read.  She can add just the latest book she has read or have fun with all the books she has read in the past year.

Then she can begin adding her recommendations.  Here is an outline of information to include in a recommendation.

Introduction - List the name of the book, the author, and who you would recommend the book to.

Summary - Give some information about the book.

Assessment - Describe why you liked it?

Conclusion - Why you rated it with the star's that you gave it?

Recommendations don't have to be long.  This is a simple formula to follow that can make it an easy task.  It is not a book report, just your overall opinion.

Why is this important for all kids to do?  Well, again it helps them figure out what kinds of books they enjoy reading, and it spreads the love of reading good books to others.

What books have you reviewed lately?

Highly Effective Readers Don’t Skip the Punctuation: The 6th Habit of Highly Effective Readers

Highly Effective Readers Don’t Skip the Punctuation: The 6th Habit of Highly Effective Readers

Well, it is that time of year again.  My kids are off to school, and I am excited to begin writing a brand new book.  I will be creating the book through this blog, and you will have free access to all of it’s content here.  This book/blog series is called Seven Habits of Highly Effective Readers and will give you information on what you can do to create an avid reader.

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Closely related to expression is punctuation.  Punctuation is like the traffic signals of reading.  If you skip a period or a comma all of a sudden things begin to not -attention-155554_640make sense and you become lost in your reading.

Highly effective readers sound so good when they are reading because they pay attention to the punctuation.  They understand that they need to come to a full stop when they see a period and that they need to stop quickly for a comma.  They also make their voice go up at the end when they see a period and use emphasis when there is an exclamation point.

Kids who are not highly effective readers do not always know to do this.  They read past the period and then begin taking breaths where there is no punctuation.  Then all of a sudden things begin to slowly not make any sense.  So the reader trudges on because they know they are required to keep reading.  They are not able to visualize what is happening, and they become bored very quickly and would rather pick up their xbox game than make their brain do so much work.

Here is an easy way to teach kids that are struggling with punctuation to pay attention to it.  Either in a book or a copied page from a book, have the child put two slashes (//) over all of the periods and one slash (/) over the commas.  Then have the child put an arrow going up over the question mark and a star over the exclamation points.  Here is what each of these marks represents.

// = knock two times

/ = knock one time

↑ = make your voice go up at the end

* = excitement

After the child has marked up the page, have her read it.  When she comes to the // she needs to physically knock on a table two times.  When she comes to /, then she needs to knock just one time.  This slowly begins training the reader to pay attention to what they are reading.

Often kids who do not read punctuation correctly will put punctuation marks where they do not belong.  For example, the most typical place a child will add a period is at the end of a line.  In simpler easy text, books are written with periods at the end of the line.  However, as a text becomes more complicated kids need to learn to go from one line to the next without adding a pause.  Adding a pause at the end of the line will cause comprehension issues for readers.  It is amazing how just one little pause can make the difference, but it truly does.

Another thing that you can do, without marking up the text is to just ask the reader to read the sentence again and stop appropriately at the punctuation.  Sometimes I will pose questions like, "What do we do at a period."  Then  the reader says, "Stop."  Then I say, "Great, try it again."  This a non-threatening way to begin getting kids to stop appropriately.  Some kids respond better to one way than another way.  So, it is always good to have a couple of tricks in the bag that you can use.  If one way doesn't work so well, then you can try a different way.

Have you ever heard a reader read without stopping appropriately at the punctuation?  How do you think this affected their reading?

 

Highly Effective Readers Self Monitor their Reading: 5th Habit of Highly Effective Readers

Highly Effective Readers Self Monitor their Reading: 5th Habit of Highly Effective Readers

Have you ever listened to a reader that messed up on so many words that you thought, hmmm...how are they able to say that and understand what they are reading?  Well, they usually aren't.  This is not what highly effective readers do they self monitor themselves in three different ways.  They have internalized these three questions

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2.  Does it sound  right?

3.  Does it make sense?

As soon as a highly effective reader comes to word that does not sound right, they go back to it and read it again.  They also take a look at the word and evaluate if the  word they just tried actually looks like the word that is reading.  And lastly, they actually think if what they are reading makes sense based off of the context.  If it doesn't then they go back and try again.

This is what self- monitoring is all about.  It is the act of finding out where you have made a mistake and actually fixing it.  Readers that are not as effective may just keep reading.  They don't even realize that the meaning has been lost because usually they are completely concentrated on saying the words right verses what the text is actually saying.  These readers need someone who can help them internalize the three questions that highly effective readers have already mastered.

When do you use these three questions?  Here are three specific examples of these questions in practice.

Child: "It dumped into Rani and Brother Dove."

Parent: "Does that look right?" (Parent points to the word dumped.)

Child: "Oh, I meant bumped."

In this example the child fixed her error immediately upon the question being asked. Many times kids will flip b's and d's. However, when they read it in context for a second time he/she is able to usually fix it.

The second question is, "Does that sound right." The purpose of this question is to focus the child's attention to sentence structure. Often times children will read the way that they speak and not notice the way that it was actually written. Also, kids will make tons of errors on the little words, inserting a different little word in it's place. For example,

Child: "It took off his mask."
Parent: Does that sound right?
Child: "Not really."
Parent: "Try Again."
Child: "He took off his mask."

Parent: "Great, you fixed it yourself."

Notice how it would not be grammatically correct with his in the sentence. The point of the question is not to be nitpicky, but rather get the child to correct his/her own errors.

The last question is, "Does that make sense." This question promotes the reader to make sense of what he/she is reading. Here is an example.

Child: "I am always the lion wolf."
Parent: "Does that make sense?"
Child: "No"
Parent: "Try again."
Child: "I am always the lone wolf."
Parent: "Does that make sense?"
Child: "Yes."
Parent: "Excellent, keep going."

In this example, lion instead of lone does not make sense. It kind of looks like lion. It begins the same, and it ends in the same sound, but it does not make sense. If reading does not make sense, then kids can develop comprehension problems and a low motivation to want to read independently.

When it comes to reading, the goal always needs to be to foster independence. Often times in our busy lives it is much easier to fix the mistake for the child, but this is not really helping him/her develop the self monitoring tools that are needed to become a more effective reader.

What self-monitoring tools do you use when you get stuck on a word?

 

How Do you Know what to Teach Kids that are Struggling with Reading?

I get asked this question all of the time.  Well, even though each child's reading difficulties may come in many different forms and in different areas, I am able to look at how they succeed with the 5 pillars of reading.  If there is an area that they are specifically struggling with, then I provide instruction in that specific area.  I love being able to help all kids who struggle with reading and make it easier for them.  Most kids who I have worked with has had a strong desire to get better.  This makes instructing them extremely easy.

 

Here are more details about each of these pillars.  Does your child struggle in any of these?

 

 

The 5 Pillars of Reading Instruction

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Dyslexic Tutoring Student from Canada Makes a Three Year Gain in Less than One Year

When I started tutoring online, I honestly had no idea that I would be able to make as much of an impact as I do.  I have to say that each day I wake I up I feel complete bliss knowing that I am able to service kids struggling with reading everyday all over the world.  I even am able to offer dyslexia tutoring for kids struggling with processing sounds.

One particular student that stands out this month is a child that has dyslexia from Canada.  When I first met this boy's dad he had informed me that his son specifically had struggled since Kindergarten and that his progress was slow and delayed.  He was diagnosed with ADHD in grade 2 and has been on medicine ever since.  He has had evaluations both at school and privately and was diagnosed with broad based learning disabilities.  They were using Barton Reading and Spelling with him at school and his parents did activities with him at home.  They had hired several local tutors and had limited success.

His dad mentioned that when his son reads he guesses a lot and that his decoding ability is very weak.  Since reading was so hard for his son, it was difficult to get him to read at home.

When I first assessed him, his reading level was actually at a kindergarten reading level and he was in sixth grade.  My heart went out to this family that they had honestly tried everything that they knew to try and struggled with finding anything that would result in success for their son.

After working with this young man for 10 months an hour an 1/2 a week he is now at a  third grade reading level.  He does still struggle with decoding and seems to do really well with memorizing words.  He is able to read more words immediately, but gets frustrated when asked to decode.  To listen to this young man read today compared to what he was reading like 10 months ago is amazing.  There are times when I think, wow, how in the world did he get that word.  He reads for meaning, he understands what he reads, but it still isn't his favorite activity.

About 2 months ago when I was doing an assessment I noticed that he was reading very choppy.  I really wanted to improve on his prosody and i decided to do a reading fluency intervention.  So we began reading song lyrics and then using youtube with the lyrics to speed up his reading.  It worked, just like it has with all of the other students that I have used this method with.  It also increased his engagement.  He began getting more excited about our time together and made remarkable growth in the last 2 months.

I am so blessed to be able to make a difference in kids lives whose parents have tried everything.  I get to be a solution to a very big problem that they are struggling with, which is helping their struggling reader increase his/her reading level.  This really is an exciting vocation.  If you are interested in learning more about how you can become an online tutor then you can go to www.tutorpreneurs.com/free-videos.  If you are interested in finding out more about getting tutoring services from me you can go to www.theskypingreadingtutor.com.  I still have a few slots open for this summer, but they are filling up fast.  If your child is struggling with reading, don't wait to get help.  The longer that you wait the tougher the struggle becomes.  This could be the year that you start your child ahead of the curve instead of behind.

 

Day 26 of 31 Days to a Better Reader Challenge: Fluency Rate

Day 26 of 31 Days to a Better Reader Challenge: Fluency Rate

 

There is no shortage of speed reading classes available in this day age.  In fact, aren’t we supposed to read as fast as we can so that we can get on with the next thing that we need to do.  Read, read, read!  Fast! Quck!  Hurry!  The quickest reader is the best reader, right?

 

This is the biggest fallacy that has ever been in existence.  We are always pushing ourselves to read faster and do more, but is this really the best way to do things?  How much can you actually remember when your goal is to read as fast you possibly can?  Not very much when you are reading non-fiction text, that is for sure.

 

Then we have the kid that is reading slower than molasses.  Come on, he surely has to speed up right?  Yes and no.  What you think is fast and what you think is slow is purely subjective.  So today I am going to shed light on appropriate reading speeds and give you a quick way to find out if your child is within that realm of appropriateness.

 

If your child is in his/her first semester of 1st grade or lower, then you do not want to worry about your child’s speed of reading unless you think it is affecting his/her comprehension.  When it comes to determining appropriateness for fluency the celebrity in the reading world is Timothy Rasinski.  He has spent his whole life researching and learning about fluency and developing strategies to improve children’s fluency.  According to Rasinski the following data includes how many words a minute kids should be reading by the end of the year.

 

1st grade 80 wpm
2nd grade 90 wpm
3rd grade 110 wpm
4th grade 140 wpm
5th grade 150 wpm
6th grade and above 180 wpm

 

The only one that seems to be a little high is the first grade expectation.  I have been using the number 60 wpm in my own teaching.  I have found that kids that are reading below 60 wpm need additional help with improving their speed.

 

So now that we know what is appropriate, how do we find out where your child is at? Well, it easy.  All you have to do is get out a timer and time your child for one minute.  After one minute you count how many correct words your he/she has read.  Then you can compare that number with the number on the chart above.

 

If you find that your child is below this number, then here are some suggestions for increasing his or her fluency rate.

 

  1. Don’t miss a day of reading.  Research shows that the more a child reads the naturally faster he/she becomes.
  2. Have your child read his/her favorite song lyrics.  Repeated readings are the number one way to increase your reading rate.  However, if you try to get a kid to reread a book you will most likely run into a very resistant child.
  3. You can do a my turn, your turn read.  First you read the sentence, then you have the child read the sentence.
  4. Download Reader’s Theater Scripts online and put on pretend plays.  When the child is practicing his/her lines they have to keep going back and reading them.

 

 

Over time you will begin to see your child’s reading rate increase.  However, it is important to know that understanding what one is reading is more important than reading quickly.  I naturally read slower when I am really trying to understand and grasp something and when I have a lot of background knowledge I find myself reading quickly and even skimming over things to get to new information.  On average the rates listed above are a guide and can clue us in that our child may need some help in this area.

 

Your challenge today is to take a one minute timed reading and decide if a plan of action is necessary to increase your child’s reading rate.

 

P.S. Don’t get disappointed if your child is significantly below where he/she needs to be.  Utilize some of the suggestions above and your child will be fine.

Day 25 of the 31 Days to a Better Reader Challenge: Text to World Connections

Day 25 of the 31 Days to a Better Reader Challenge: Text to World Connections

 

Here in the United States we are in the midst of our Presidential Election 2012.  The big candidates seem to be Barack Obama and Mitt Romney.  This is big news here and this lends itself to a perfect way to make connections with what one is reading.  This election is happening in our world and is something that can be connected with what we are reading.

 

Nonfiction text seems to naturally lend itself to make a text to world connection, but it also works with fiction.  People tend to make less text to world connections with fiction though.

 

What kinds of text lend themselves to text to world connections?  Take a look at my top 10.

 

  1. Newspaper
  2. Time for Kids
  3. Biography
  4. Reports
  5. Non-fiction picture books
  6. Historical fiction
  7. History books
  8. Pop Magazines
  9. National Geopgraphic
  10. Realistic Fiction

 

Each of these genres lend themselves to ways that kids can make connections to what is happening in the world today or in the past.  These types of connections seem to be the ones that we make the least amount of, but it is still important to recognize them.  You may not be reading a book at this time with your child that lends itself to these connections and that is o.k.  See what type of connections you can make and identify them as either text to self, text to text, or text to world.  Below you will find some examples of text to world connections based off of a few of the genres listed above.

 

Time for Kids Read: At the 2008 Beijing Games, in China, Michael Phelps set a record for the most gold medals won at a single Olympics and won the heart of America.

 

Connection:  I got to see this guy in action this year in the summer Olympics on TV.

National Geographic for kids Read:  But all those plastic bottles use a lot of fossil fuels and pollute the environment.

 

Connection: I remember hearing once that it takes something like 200 years for plastic to decompose.

Non-fiction picture books Read:  The seals are dying because of the oil spills.

 

Connection:  “I remember when a few years back when there was an oil spill on the coast of Florida and the pictures from it were disgusting.  I can see how seals would die from that.”

 

Take a look at some of the connections that you make with your child and jot them down.

 

P.S.  I would love to hear about your connections, so just post them down in the comment section.  This will help others with understanding the concept better.

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