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We all know how important it is for kids to read. Probably your child is already an avid reader!
Some books have questions at the back of them or on the internet, but one thing I have noticed is that many of the questions are merely about comprehension, i.e. checking their understanding of what happened.
This is a missed opportunity.
What if we asked questions that got them to speculate instead? What if there were questions that sparked their creativity, got them thinking critically about what happened and become empathetic to the main characters?
Our kids are already really passionate about the books they are reading, so let's use this to get them thinking in new ways that build important skills.
Here is how! 👇
Books create wonderful worlds where imaginations can run wild. So let's encourage this. Think of questions which help your child dream something up, be it names or pictures or videos.
Getting kids to speculate and form opinions is crucial. Try thinking of questions that have no right or wrong answer (an unusual premise, I know!) Any questions where there are multiple plausible responses means that it was a good question to ask.
Every book has plenty of characters and so brilliant opportunities to examine feelings. Have your child step inside the hearts of the characters, telling you what made them tick and why they did what they did.
A lot happens in every book. Your child learns about the plot, the characters, the settings etc. Simply having them explain and summarise this to you is a great way to help them be concise and clear.
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The questions above work for ANY book, but at KidCoach we have also written plenty of specific questions for the most popular books 7-11 children read.
A good example is Harry Potter!
These questions are exclusive to us and you won't find anything quite like this out there on the web 😃. But since you have taken the time to read to the end of this article, I wanted to share a few examples with you!
As you can see each "question" is actually a "conversation card". Parents tell us they find the prompts super helpful to keep discussions going and they use these to have have fun, meaningful and skill-building conversations around the world!
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