Top Learning Tips for "Larf"

Before Reading Tip:

Larf lends itself to being a great book for taking a picture walk before reading.  Have your child tell you what is happening in each picture as you move through the book.  You might ask, “What Larf is doing?” or “Where is Larf?” to help develop recognition of setting and events in the story.  Then start at the beginning, this time reading the text.  This will help your child listen to the words because they are already familiar with the pictures.


Extension Tip:

Let your child design their own creature.  You just need paper and drawing/coloring supplies.  Encourage your him or her to add lots of details to their drawing.  Then have your child tell you a story about their creature.  If your child is a writer, they could even write their own story.


Other Useful Tips

Before You Begin Reading, Preview the Story and Discuss

Take a moment to explore the cover and illustrations and give your child a chance to make observations and predictions before beginning the read-through. Throughout this guide, there are several questions and prompts that you can use as you read, so feel free to spread them out across multiple readings. Use prompts and questions like:

  • What is happening on the cover?

  • What do you think the story will be about based on the title and the cover?

  • {Flip to an illustration} What do you think is happening in this picture?


As You Read, Explore New Vocabulary

Whether you're reading the story or your child is reading it him/herself, take time to stop whenever s/he comes across a new word. Read the word slowly several times as you underline the word with your finger. Then, ask your child what s/he thinks the word might mean. Instruct him/her to use the words and illustrations surrounding it to try and glean the meaning. Work together to discover the word's meaning, and then try to integrate it into your daily conversation to help reinforce these new vocabulary words. 


After Reading, Make Connections

To ensure comprehension, ask your child about what happened in the book. Who were the main characters, and where were the primary settings? What happened and why did those things happen in the story? Ask your child the following questions to further explore his/her understanding of the book:

  • Did you like that story? What was your favorite part? Why?

  • What lesson do you think the main character(s) learned?

  • What does {vocabulary word} mean?

  • {Discuss alternatives to the storyline} What would have happened if...?

  • I wonder why...