One way to help make reading real for your child and to help build their understanding of books they are reading is to build connections through home and community activities. Tying reading to community activities helps to build their text-to-self and text-to-world connections as well as increasing reading comprehension skills.
Activities within the community that you can do to help build text-to-world and text-to-self connections would be to attend a play or concert, or visit local museums, attractions, historical sites, or events that are happening within your community. Exposure to these different activities within their community will help them to be able to build connections when they are reading. For example, if you take your child to the local turtle rescue, they will build connections while they are reading Sea Turtles by Gail Gibbons.
Another example would be to encourage your child to read the book The Night at the Museum which inspired the movie Night at the Museum. First, have your child read the story and then you can follow up by watching the movie and then visit your local natural history museum. If you don’t have a natural history museum nearby, you can always virtually visit the American Museum of Natural History online.
What ways do you think you can tie in your child’s reading experiences with local activities in your community? Check back next week for more in this series on making reading real with connections to non-fiction text.
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