Often, when children finish reading a book, our first question is "Did you like it?" "Was it a good book?" "Tell me what happened in the book" or "Who were the characters in the book?" And I have a feeling you get an answer like "yep" "nope" "it was good" or you get a retell of every single thing that happened in the book!
I'm a strong believer in encouraging more than a retell and one word answers to get children thinking about the books they read, comprehending books at a higher level and engaging them in conversation. We need to capitalise on the opportunities books provide us with, to gain insight into our children's thinking, beliefs, understandings and oral language skills.
So 1/2N parents, this post is for you! Tonight, try asking these questions after your child has read a book. Who knows what conversations it might lead to 🙂
1. If you could give the book another title, what would it be?
2. Which characters would you like to meet in real life? Why?
3. What do you wish was different about the beginning? ending? main character? layout of the book?
4. Would the book make a cool movie? Video game? TV show?
5. What is one thing you could ask the author if you could talk to him or her?
6. What do you think the author wants readers to remember most from this book?
7. Was there a life lesson you took away from this book? Did it teach you something about yourself? about others? about life?
I'd also love to hear what other questions you ask your children that have proven very effective in engaging your child in conversation about what they have read/ are reading. Let's make 1/2N the best readers at St Bede's 🙂
You can also find other prompts in a post I made earlier this year!