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How to Get Your Child to Love Reading. Part I : Beginning Your Adventure in the World of Childrens Literature. Potato Power: The Art of Using What Youve Got. What can you teach with a potato?. Potato Power: The Art of Using What Youve Got. Why did the author write this?. Hat Trick. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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How to Get Your Child to Love ReadingPart I: Beginning Your Adventure in the World of Childrens LiteraturePotato Power: The Art of Using What Youve GotWhat can you teach with a potato?Potato Power: The Art of Using What Youve GotWhy did the author write this?Hat TrickParents and teachers both wear big hats. When parents and teachers work together instead of playing the blame game, great things happen when it comes to literacy. Esmes advice: If you dont perform a hat dance, if you dont step outside your assigned role to do something extra exciting, dont expect that others necessarily will.Spare time? Whats that?Potato Power: The Art of Using What Youve GotPotato Possibilities: Lets not focus on worrying whether or not a child is full. Instead, lets assume a child is hungry.-Esme Variety is the spice of life!Every single one of the outcomes of literature-based education is something that a childs teacher is hoping for and working toward every day, so read-aloud is the perfect home/school collaboration. Conflicts often arise between teachers and parents when they forget they are working toward the same goals.-Esme Bridging the GapPotatoes Up Close and PersonalOn Educational Theory BehaviorismI dont like operating on instinct. If you know why you are doing what you are doing, you can do a better job of advocating for your approach if it works, or understanding why it doesnt work and being more helpful next time. . .we are not reinventing the wheel here, we are trying to ride the bike.-EsmeDid I mention that I like read-aloud?Childrens Book Basics:Magic Pieces of Background KnowledgeRead-Aloud Works Every TimeWhats in it for me, anyway?Source: How to Get Your Child to Love Reading by Esme Raji Codell (2003) Hints for Reading Out LoudLove the book yourself before you read it to the children.Choose a book that lends itself to reading out loud.Have high expectations.Make read aloud time special.Be versatile in your approach.Introduce the artists.Show the pictures while you read.Read with expression.Dont over evaluate.Read aloud every single day.Leave them asking for more.Applause, applause!Kids Have Reasons for Reading and These Reasonsor MotivationsCan Be MilkedThe Three Is:Interest what motivates a child to readIntegration making connections to the world beyond the bookInvention The book holds the childs interest, the child sees possible connections to the world beyond the book, and then the child decides to use that interest and insight to create something new.Your job is to connect children with books.There is a book for every job in the want ads. Ask the right questions, and make the connections.What do you want to be when you grow up?What do your parents do for a living?What do you like to do?Award Winners Are Childrens Literatures Royalty and Knowing Them Is HandyReadability, personal tastes and interests will dictate childrens visions of excellence, and will likely fluctuate with their development.-EsmeBooks that have won awards may not always appeal to children, but it can be a good place to start because awards point out writing and illustrative above the ordinary.Web Sites That List AwardsAMAZON.COMAMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATIONASSOCIATION OF JEWISH LIBRARIESBOOK SENSECARNEGIE AND GREENAWAY AWARDSCATHOLIC LIBRARY ASSOCIATIONCHILDRENS LITERATURE WEB GUIDEINTERNATIONAL BOARD ON BOOKS FOR YOUNG PEOPLENATIONAL BOOK FOUNDATIONInnovative IdeasInvent your own award and hold your own awards ceremony program.Readability FormulasKincaid Readability Formula(words/sentence X .4) + (syllables/word X 12) 16Fry Readability Graph100-word section of straight proseCount number of sentencesCount number of syllablesCompare to obtain grade level based on the graph (doesnt account for content)Reading levels can be useful for children in the midst of emergent literacy or when trying to find materials for children with special reading challenges, but they should not define your child or level your childs love of reading.Useful InformationSpeaking of LevelsEsmes Easy Designations:Primary preschool through third gradeIntermediate fourth through sixth gradeOlder Readers seventh grade and upLevels, Shmevels! In the World of Letters, Numbers Can Be Misleading: Have child choose a page in the middle of book with lots of text and make a fistHave child read the page silentlyWhen he gets to a word he doesnt know, have him put out thumbFor each unknown word, hold out another fingerIf three to five fingers are up at the end reading, it means the book will be a challengeLet the child decide if he wants to try to read the book anywayPleasure reading should have 0-2 fingers upRule of ThumbYou Can Locate Long-Lost Bookswww.addall.comwww.alibris.comwww.bibliofind.comwww.half.comAmazon.comRaise Your Hand If You Want to Volunteer in Your Childs SchoolWhich type are you and what (exactly) does that mean? Type AType BType CThe Silent Scream: Adult Illiteracy in AmericaCongress developed the following definition of literacy: Using printed word and written information to function in society, to achieve ones goals and to develop ones knowledge and potential.- 40 million American adults in lowest functional level- 52 million American adults can barely read at allCreepy SchoolsI have a teeny-weeny confession. Sometimes schools give me the creeps. Too many rules. The continual assertion of the nonsensical idea that if the children are having fun or making choices, they arent learning anything.-EsmeImagine the possibilities. . .