Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Open Mic Wednesday - Moving kids from picture books to Chapter books- a mindwrap

Quotes about books...

On Tap Today...

 "Moving kids from picture books to Chapter Books"

...  Part 3 of series  ...

I often have people say to me that their child really loves to read picture books and does not want to move on to the bigger chapter books that their parent/teacher/caregiver thinks they are ready for.  

The first thing you need to find out is if your child truly is ready to make that transition.  Most kids transition about seven years old or sometimes a little older.  If you find yourself pressing your child to give up the picture books be very very careful because sometimes that can backfire on you and turn them off of reading altogether.   

There is a bridge available through "easy reader" books sometimes labeled "for beginning readers" you can use for this particular time in your child's reading journey.  These books are formatted like picture books but are heavily illustrated and are a wonderful tool to get your child to gently move on to the next stage of reading.  These books are typically labeled with a reading level 1, 2, 3,  which is very helpful in choosing the stage your child may be at in their development.  Some examples of these are:  Frog And Toads Are Friends and  Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways.

You can also present graphic novels to read and enjoy.   There are many great series around such as Babymouse, Squish, Lunch Lady, Captain Underpants and Pink & Gollie, just to name a few, for you to choose from.  

There are a lovely assortment of chapter books use illustrations that  draw the reader in thus enriching the text and making the story more appealing to the young fledgling reader.   Some examples to check out are  "Galaxy Most Wanted", "The Wainscott Weasel," "The Search for Wondola" and "The Expeditioners."   

Picture books have rich language and a huge range of styles and formats.  Many of the illustrations are pieces of art and the different fonts used and the amazing action scenes make the text come alive right before the readers eyes which is exactly why kids are such a huge fan.   

Selecting the "Just Right" books...

It's very important to make sure that the books your child reads match their reading level.  Here are some tips that will help them choose books that they will be able to navigate through and enjoy.

If your child has his heart set on a book that may seem too difficult for him, you can always tell him that he can read it later in the year when he has had more reading practice or you can read it aloud together letting him help out whenever he is able.  Once he has progressed in his reading, he will enjoy these books so much more as he won’t have to skip parts and will be able to read confidently without your help.

Kids can wrap their minds around this one word and use it in a bookstore, library, media centre, classroom or at a book fair  ...


P.I.C.K. stands for Purpose, Interest, Comprehension, and Know the Words.  

All they need to remember is P.I.C.K.

P = Purpose: We need to have kids consider their purpose for reading.  Why are they looking for a book in the first place? Is it totally a free choice, or is there some other reason for reading it?

In order to determine purpose, consider asking:
•    Are they reading for pleasure?  
•    Are they trying to learn something?  
•    Is the book going to be read silently or out loud?  
•    Who is their audience?

Most often, purpose for reading can be found with a quick answer.

I = Interest. When choosing a book, it should be something of interest.  With the many millions of books on shelves today, there's bound to be something out there for everyone.  And emphasizing the interest connections is super-important as well.  If the child is interested in cars, then don't stop at fictional stories about cars; consider books about racetracks, car construction, history of racing, racecar drivers, or car design.  If it's magic that intrigues your daughter, then emphasize books about magic shows, magic tricks, and magicians; look for books that involve fantasy, science, and invention.

Even if children have a short amount of time to choose books, they can determine interest by:
•    Looking at the front cover
•    Flipping through the pages to glance at photos or illustrations
•    Reading the back cover
•    Reading the chapter titles

C = Comprehend.  Is the book something that the child can comprehend? Can he or she understand what's read?  Is it a book that is appropriate for his or her level or abilities?

Children are more aware of their reading "level" than we may think, so though we don't want to lean entirely on it, it's okay to remind kids that if they're choosing a book to read independently, and they read at a Level E (for example) that they should not choose a book from the Level M basket. Also, it's important to teach kids that if the book isn't labeled with a level, they can quickly assess if it's an appropriate book for them by opening the book and choosing a page – the book is appropriate for them if they are able to understand what they read.  

Children can determine comprehension asking themselves:
•    Did I understand what I just read?
•    Do I remember what I read?
•    Was I able to read most of the words?

This brings us to our final letter: K.

K = Know the Words.  Readers should be able to decode -- or read -- and understand the majority of the words on the page.  The key is to remembering the "Five Finger Rule."  

The "Five Finger Rule" outlines a general idea of how many words a reader should be able to read on each page.
•    0-1 unknown words = book is too easy
•    2-3 unknown words = book is just right
•    4-5 unknown words = book is too difficult

Knowing P.I.C.K. is empowering for kids. They want to know how to choose books that fit for them -- books that are enjoyable, fun, and exciting.  It's all about giving our kids the tools they need to be strong, confident readers. Choosing the best book is the starting point.
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Adults need to relax a bit and let their child enjoy all types of books, after all adults get to choose the books that they enjoy reading.  To many people picture books are not "baby books. "  They so often contain rich vocabulary and complex sentence structure that can be even more challenging than chapter books.  Although the price of a 31-page picture book and a 300-page chapter book may be about the same the chances are the chapter book will be read through only once while the picture book could get read a thousand times!!!  Remember your little one asking you to read his favourite book each night again and again and again? Ad nauseam?  And you did it!!! (good for you). Each time it was read to them, they giggled with delight, their eyes sparkled and your child was just as excited as the first time you read through it.  Right?  Case closed.   

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