- ‘Reading’ doesn’t always equal ‘Understanding’ – Reading alone doesn’t mean that your child has understood what they have read. How many times have you read a paragraph and had to re-read it because you just weren’t concentrating? If your child knows that you won’t be checking to see if they’ve understood what they’ve read, they probably won’t bother trying to understand it.
- The Fun Factor: If the activities are fun and it means that your child is able to have some quality time with you while doing the activities, chances are your child will want to read more, and in turn increase their enjoyment of reading.
- Improve Vocabulary – Reading a variety of different texts can help to improve vocabulary and language skills. After-reading activities give your child the opportunity to put that into practice while the story and any new vocabulary are still fresh in their mind.
- Develop Empathy- With everyone being so busy these days and engrossed in their own lives, there is little room for empathy or the opportunity to develop empathy. Use after-reading activities to get your child to think about how someone else might feel if they are put in a particular situation. This life skill will be important when they grow up and have to deal with real-life situations.
- View things from different perspectives – It is very important to be able to see things from different perspectives. Most stories have a number of characters and they all have their own perspectives on events that would have happened throughout the stories. All perspectives are not explored in those stories because that’s just not possible. After-reading activities can get your child to look at the story from the perspective of different characters.
- Develop Critical Thinking Skills: questioning and use of activities tailored around the book your child has read can help them gain a better understanding and develop their higher order thinking skills.
- Develop Creativity. Higher order thinking also includes creativity and use of imagination. Further after-reading activities could tap into your child’s creative side.
- Increase reading confidence. There is no doubt that reading and exploring books increases your children’s confidence and the chances of them wanting to continue reading.
- Quality-time with your child – Isn’t it nice to have that little bit of quality-time with your child? Take time to discuss the book, have fun doing the activities together and your child will cherish those moments as much as you do.
- Earn some Brownie Points – Lastly, your child will be so proud to show you the work they have done and may even want to take it into school! You might even earn some brownie points with their teacher in the process! 😉
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