Yes, you read that correctly. This post is about hands on reading. It is possible! I love to read and a great way to help inspire your children to enjoy reading is by making it totally awesome.
The Wizard of Oz
As we were reading Wizard of Oz I was doing my usual 'print out a picture of the characters for J to color as we read' routine when I came across this. It was a light bulb moment for me. I can make reading hands on? Wow.....
I came across this and thought it would be great. Visual plus hands on! What a fantastic way to retell stories! Now we use the 'Yellow Brick Road Method' after all our stories.
There are tons of different ways to do this if 'Yellow Brick Road' is not for you or if, like us, you thrive on variety. Here are some other ideas:
Hands on reading ideas galore!
James and the Giant Peach
For this book I chose to focus on each character. As you can see we wrote about each one as they were introduced in the book. Then I printed out pictures via google search. Then I drew some and J drew some and she colored them in. It was easy.
I have a friend who lets her kids pick out one 'topic' to listen for and highlight as they have family scripture study. One son chose food. Every time food is mentioned as they read he highlights it in green. Another chose animals. Any time an animal is talked about, it's highlighted in orange. Older children may choose harder concepts like service or miracles.
Host a Reading Fair
I am actually throwing one of these shin digs for my home school group at the end of the summer to encourage summer reading.
Check your local library to reserve free rooms for your event.
Let me know if you do it!
As always, I leave you with a quote: