Learning About Analyzing Novels

Learning About Analyzing Novels

Is Your Preschooler Curious About Santa? 3 Tips To Turn Reading A Favorite Holiday Story Into A Chance To Teach Literacy Skills

Everett Andrews

Stories that tap into your child's interests are the ones that are most likely to hold their attention. While preschoolers are known to lose focus or wiggle their way through a story, you can bet that they'll want to pay attention when the subject pertains to something as exciting as Santa. Whether you are planning to turn this read aloud into a holiday tradition or your child is asking to hear it in the middle of summer, you can use these tips to turn an ordinary read aloud into an extraordinary experience for teaching important literacy skills.

Do a Picture Walk 

If your child has never seen the children's picture book about Santa's beard before, then this is the perfect time to encourage them to develop their oral language and critical thinking skills. A picture walk simply involves going from page to page to look at the story without reading the words yet. During the picture walk, encourage your child to use their vocabulary skills to describe things that they see in the pictures. You can also encourage them to make predictions about what they think is happening in each scene.

Ask Open-Ended Questions

When you read with your child, you don't have to read the book straight through. Instead, take your time as you read, and stop periodically to ask questions that encourage your child to think deeper about the story. For instance, you could ask the classic question of what they think will happen next before you turn the page. You can also ask them to describe how they would act in a similar situation, or you could get your child to describe the emotions of the characters. Getting your child to think deeper about the story helps them to develop a better understanding of how to comprehend what happens in a story.

Plan a Story Extension

After you finish the picture book about Santa's beard, you can then help your child retain what they read by doing a story extension. Story extensions can be as simple as coloring a picture of Santa if your child is very young. An older preschooler may want to write an alternate ending to the story with your help and illustrate a final page. Alternatively, they may want to create a list of ways to be good or of what they want to receive from Santa. Either way, be sure to talk about the story as you do the activity, and remember to read the story again and again to bolster your child's comprehension.


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Learning About Analyzing Novels

Hello, my name is Derek Johnson. Welcome. I am here to talk about the process of analyzing novels to find underlying themes and motifs. When I was in school, I always took the time to break down the novels I was reading into smaller sections. As I broke down the novel format, I was better able to understand the themes and motifs running just under the surface. I want to share these techniques with you all to help you analyze your favorite stories. Please come back soon to learn all the information you need to know to complete this process. Thanks for visiting.

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