A Ball for Daisy

Interactive Reading Ideas for "A Ball for Daisy"

Before Reading:

  • Spark your child's interest with a discussion about dogs. Do you have a dog? Does a neighbor or family manager have a dog? How does being with those dogs make your child feel? (ex. happy, excited, scared, nervous) Based on the pictures you see on the cover of the book, what type of dog do you think Daisy will be?


As You Read:

  • This book has very, very few words. This means that each time you read the book, you may end up telling a slightly different story. Ask your child what is happening in a scene, and then incorporate his/her perspective into your story. Daisy experiences many emotions about her ball; ask your child to notice her face and body language and identify how she is feeling. Be sure to relate this story to your child's life as well. Has s/he ever lost a beloved toy? What happpend? How did s/he feel?

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...

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