Tips for "Counting on Grace"
As You Read:
Encourage your child to stop after each chapter and give a short synopsis of what they've just read. This will encourage active reading, helping with reading comprehension and piecing the story together along the way.
Extending the Story:
This story is set in 1910 in Pownal, Vermont. Talk to your child about s/he has learned about that time period and location from this story. Then talk about the time and place that you live in now and help your child compare and contrast the settings. You can start by creating a list of all of the characteristics of each and then if you'd like, you can put them into a venn diagram, putting the different characteristics on the outermost parts of the circles. Talk to your child about what a venn diagram is and work together to create one.
Other Useful Tips
Before Your Child Begins Reading, Create a K-W-L Chart
Create a K-W-L Chart and have your child fill in the first two columns with information that s/he knows and wants to find out about the story. S/he can fill in the last column, "What I Learned", once s/he has finished the story.
What I Know
After reading the description on the back cover, discuss what your child already knows about the subject matter. Answer questions like "Who is the main character? Where does the story take place? What is the general premise?" Encourage him/her to describe what s/he sees on the cover that will tell him/her more about the story.
What I Want to Know
This section can be filled with questions that your child would like to have answered while reading the story.
After Reading, Consider Asking Your Child These Questions
- If you were to draw a picture of the story, what details would you include?
- What was the problem of the story? How was it solved?
- Which character did you identify with? Why?
- What questions did you have as you were reading?
- What do you think the author wanted you to learn from this story? Why do you think the author chose to end the story the way he/she did?
- What would you have done if you had been __________ during that part of the story?
- In your own words, what does _______ (insert vocabulary word) mean?
- Was ________ a good title for this story? Why?
- If you could change one thing in the story, what would it be? Why?