Making connections with reading and real life is a great way to encourage children to build their confidence and comprehension in reading. When reading, children build connections in three different ways. They do it through text-to-text, text-to-self, and text-to-world connections. Text-to-text is when children make connections between different books and passages that they read. Text-to-self is when children are able to make the connection to what they are reading with personal experiences that they have had in life. Text-to-world is connections that are made in the world outside of individual experiences.
Aiding in building those connections to text through events and activities that you as the parent can create at home is important and can make reading “real” for your child. For example, you can attend a community play, visit local museums and attractions, and watch videos related to the topic that your child is reading. The remainder of this series on making reading real will help you to plan activities that you can do at and from home to help build text connections for your child and to build their love of reading.
What other activities do you do with your children to help make reading real? Check back later this week for the second part of this series, tying reading to activities you can do within your community.
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