Book Prompt Cards, also known as interactive read aloud cards, are useful tools for interactive story times. Each prompt card offers suggestions for sparking children’s interest and enthusiasm for the book that’s about to be read. There are questions and comments to use before, during, and after the story. Before you know it, you’ll have children expressing higher level thinking as they problem solve, predict, delete and make comparisons, and connect concepts for real-life applications! For convenience, place your Book Prompts inside an Anywhere Pocket and adhere to inside cover of book.
Interactive and Dialogic Reading
Interactive and Dialogic Reading are two approached to reading aloud that are based on the belief that children can and should be active participants in the experience. Teachers take on an expanded role, as well as employ strategies to engage their audience with more than just the story itself! These methods which involve children asking and answering questions at designated intervals throughout a story have shown promising results in research studies. We know that actively involving children before, during, and after a story, is an effective way to build critically important reading skills. For more information on these approaches visit these links:
Before the Story
During the Story
After the Story
Make it Stick - Children who have an opportunity to talk about books after a shared reading experience make a smoother transition into becoming independent readers. Be prepared with follow up “why” questions that require a thoughtful response. If there’s a topic that captures their attention, run with it!
Follow-Up Activities – Try to think outside the box here. Think of one element, one new vocabulary word, one new concept, or anything else worthy that was introduced and prepare an activity to reinforce that learning.