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Engaging Kids With Creative Reading

Creative reading may not be a term that many people are familiar with, especially since it is not quite a term that exists. Creative writing is a familiar topic for many, but what is creative reading? When people think of the act of reading, they often imagine the quiet activity of reading books silently, page by page, on one’s own time. While this is certainly a viable method of reading, it is not the only one. There are many ways in which you can have fun with reading, especially with children who are just learning to read and are developing their imaginations as well.

Reading Aloud with a Flourish
As a parent, one of the first ways you can introduce reading to your children is by reading aloud. The act of listening along can be entertaining enough for some children, but really putting effort into your oration can help engage even the most reluctant readers (and listeners!). Give each character a voice and really get a feel for what they are saying; read the narration with dramatic intent; make sound effects! There are so many ways in which you can make reading aloud really fun and engaging.

Get In Character

You can also create a plethora of games surrounding whatever it is you are reading with your children, too. Encourage them to play dress up and act out scenes as they happen! Or even join in on the fun and reenact parts of the book once you’re done reading together. You can even try and create new scenes of your own. Asking your kids to come up with their own scenes and scenarios can help their growing imagination, but it can also help their creative and abstract thinking skills, too. When you’re done reading, or while you’re reading, you can also encourage your kids to put on a puppet show, or any other kind of reenactment revolving around your story material.

Think Outside the Box
There are so many other activities that you can incorporate into reading to make it more fun and educational, too. Conduct a trivia contest between chapters or create your own games revolving around the characters, setting, and other factors that pertain to the book that you are reading. Ask your kids to ask you questions, too! You can even ask simple questions like “Who is your favorite character and why?” Asking them actively engages them and it promotes critical thinking in a way that is entertaining as well.

Make it Personalized
What could be more fun than starring in your own book? With personalized books for kids by KD Novelties, your children can star in their own stories and adventures with their own personalized book. These books make your child the star, placing them at the center of the action and taking them along on a fabulous journey. There are personalized books for all occasions and milestones in your child’s life to choose from, who knows, this can be the start of creative reading with your child!

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How to Be an Excellent Storyteller

Story Telling can be one of the greatest and powerful tools used when teaching young ones to love books.
* Some stories can be real from a book or something that has happened
* Some stories can be make-believe something you can make up to try to
get a certain lesson across

RULES OF STORY TELLING
A. Read the story and know it.
– Know it well enough to tell it in your own words.

B. Your story should focus on ONE MAIN IDEA.
– What is the truth or moral I’m trying to communicate in my story?

C. You can make up stories.
1. You need a main character or hero (cowboy, astronaut, etc.).
* What is the character like?
* What is the character’s name?
* Is the character strong? smart? brave?

2. Use the character weekly for 3 months.
* But change adventures weekly.

3. Reinvent the character for the next 3 months.
* Rotate stories every 2 to 3 cycles.

D. Do not give away the whole story in the title or the beginning.
Create suspense

E. Use voices to create the mood.
– Sadness, anger, suspense, happiness, etc.

F. Let characters talk.
– Act out the part.

G. Story must have a PACE.
– Speed up or slow down your voice.

H. Use sound effects and objects.

I. Ask questions while telling the story.
– This grabs the attention of the children.

J. Make an application (truth in the lesson).
1. Build the story to a CLIMAX.

2. Bring the story to a CONCLUSION.

3. ASK QUESTIONS at the end of every story.

Learn to use the tool of story telling effectively to communicate and inspire young children to love to read and listen to stories.

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