For the past few weeks, we’ve tried an experiment at home with our books.
We’re big fans of books. More books = More reading.
While this maybe true, we certainly found that we also noticed that the reading wasn’t what we were expecting.
We would find piles of books and keen children looking through them, flipping pages, reading parts and sharing the books with each other. All good success criteria for us as parents. Yes the children are engaging in books.
Taking a pile of the books I knew one of the children were reading I ask some basic comprehension type questions about who were the characters, what problem happened? how did they solve it? What was interesting or funny? Show me your favourite bit? Okay, not all those questions every time or for each book but a few of these or others.
This was different to our usual cuddle and read sessions.