Tips for "Blackout"

As You Read:This story is told with just a few sentences, so it is up to you and your child to narrate the story as you move along. Examine the beautiful illustrations and encourage your child to describe what s/he sees in the pictures while also introducing new vocabulary. For example, when the little girl in the story is trying to find someone to play with, tell your child "See, the little girl is DISAPPOINTED because no one will play with her." 


Extending the Story:Have a blackout night! Tell your children that you are going to spend a night with no electricity. That means no lights, TVs, computers, etc. Work together to gather all of the candles, lanterns and flashlights you have in your home and then go dark! Check out GE and's guides to power outage fun! One suggestion: flashlight tag! Don't forget to replenish any batteries or candles that you may burn through that night so you're prepared in case of an emergency!

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...