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In the olden days, when I went to school, I remember that my teacher asked the students to either fill in the blanks or answer the classical close-ended. It was very boring. Now I am a homeschooling mom that has children who really need a lot of help to read independently. Giving a reading journal is one way for me to check the independent reading progress and their comprehension in an open ended writing. Short writing is fine as long as it shows the main idea. That is because kids are reluctant to read and write independently.
From some printables that I have got, I find that the Reading Journal created by Kimberly Sorgius is the best so far.
- The set of reading journal has various prompts from day to day that make variation.
- It also has great design for children to write on.
Post-it paper can be very useful in many different ways in reading books:
- You can use it as a divider. For example, you can get kids to analyze the plot of the story books using the sticky note paper:
- Small post-it sticky paper can be used for the page marker to show some important events and facts in the story book.
- Plain medium or bigger Post-it sticky note paper will be very useful for taking notes for certain parts of the books. The colorful paper can be used as color code as well.
Pencil or Colorful markers or highlighters
Not everyone is a visual person who needs colors to organize and learn better. Anyway, the colorful tools to write will make readers more eager to analyse the books, especially the thicker and not colorful books.
- Readers can write on the books if it is possible
- Light colored Post-it paper can be used to take notes with the colorful markers or pens.
Highlighters are also useful if you want to use them directly on the books:
Portable reading lamp will be useful for reading at night or reading in poor light rooms. You will never know when you need it. Therefore, it is great to have this so that your reading activities are not distracted because of darkness.
Bookmarks are important for thicker books. You can either make it by yourselves or purchase in bookstores with various styles and prices.
Well Supportive Environments
To make children read longer and think better, a comfortable environment will be a great support.
- Display the books
- Get some comfy chairs or anywhere kids can sit comfortably
- Have enough lighting
Here is my Pinterest Board you might want to follow to get ideas for reading corners
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