Best Friends for Frances

Tips for "Best Friends for Frances"

As You Read:

As you read the story, talk to your child about poetry. Read the songs in the story and discuss the rhyming words and rhythm of each. Ask your child what they would write about if they were to write a poem, and grab a piece of paper and a pencil and work on one together if your child wants to!


Extending the Story:

Try this cool activity suggested by Scholastic that lets you create a whole picnic simply out of construction paper and a tissue box. Draw and cut out different foods that you'd find at a picnic and then work together to identify and write the initial sounds that each start with. This activity not only allows your child to get hands-on, but also helps him/her practice letter sounds and symmetry by cutting the foods in half to share.

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...