and sharing books with your child is very important to developing their
reading, comprehension, writing and spelling skills. As your child matures and gains independence
in their reading they may not necessarily want to read aloud with you and
consequently the opportunity to share in their reading experience and support
them might become less frequent. The following activities are some of the ways
that you can share both fiction and non fiction books with your child.
•Make a comic strip about the book, depicting the
story line or the facts that they have learnt or found interesting about a
•Create a glossary of specific vocabulary or a
dictionary of words that they were unfamiliar with or would like to use
themselves. Their glossary and
dictionary could be illustrated.
•Act out the important parts of the story or the
key facts. Some children will enjoy
recording themselves and using their IT skills to edit and present their play.
•Make a game board based on the story line or
facts. The game could be based on traditional games such as Snakes and Ladders
or one that they have invented themselves.
•Write a list of the things that they have learnt
and use them to make a quiz or even to write comprehension questions based on
•Write an interview (real or imaginary) with the
author or write to the author with questions about the text or topic. Many books include ways to communicate with
the author through social media.
•Draw and illustrate the time line of events in a
story or the step by step process of a non fiction book.
•Create a poster that summarises and advertises
•Draw their favourite character or subject and
annotate your drawing with adjectives, verbs and phrases.
•Draw, paint or build a setting from your book.
your child to discuss their reading, to make predictions, connections, to ask
questions and evaluate the text, can clarify their thoughts and develop their reading skills.