Sunday, February 8, 2015

Chapter book read aloud: My Father's Dragon

Our school is hosting a book club for parents and teachers on the book The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease. I just started the book, and it's great so far! It's full of good information on the importance of reading to your children as often as possible. And while pictures books are fantastic for kids of all ages, kindergarteners love to hear chapter books read to them as well!

With that in mind, we began reading aloud a chapter book in our class. This has quickly become one of our favorite times of the week. The students can take their reading journals, markers or pencil, and a stuffed animal to a cozy spot in the room, and listen quietly as I read aloud from the chapter book My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett.

The kids quickly got hooked to the story, which is filled with talking dragons and tigers and boars. While I read, the room is so silent you can hear a pin drop. And the kids have produced some amazing art both while they listen to the story, and later on during the day. Below are some pictures of what they made while listening. I love to see how engaged they are in the story. Fortunately, the author wrote two sequels, so we already moved on to the second book yesterday!

P.S. If any family members would like information on the parent book club, just let me know!

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