My son loves reading. Since we brought him home from the hospital at 2 days old he has been surrounded by books and stories. Between the books he has read on his own and the books we have read to him he has experienced thousands of books. I love that my son loves to read. My son starts kindergarten in the fall, and I’m excited that he will get to share his love of books and reading with his classmates and teachers.
I feel like it is time to try chapter books. When does a parent start reading chapter books to their child? I have no idea. It feels like he is ready, so I’m going to try it. If it is an epic fail, I won’t worry or stress. He’s a reader and that’s what matters. I’ve been talking to him a lot about chapter books over the last few days and I think he’s excited to give them a try.
One thing that I know about all readers is how important it is to have choice. Each night, before bed, my kids get to chose which books I read to them. I like them to feel empowered just like my fourth graders. Usually, I’ll bring a stack of books into their room and ask them to chose what they’d like to read. It’s fun! They learned that a good way to get a few extra minutes of reading is to answer, “All of them.” That is very hard to say no to.
I guess that I’m writing this post to get a little advice:
Any tips for helping students (I mean children) experience chapter books for the first time?
First chapter book recommendations? I was thinking of starting with Magic Tree House, but I’d like to give him lots of choices.
Thanks for your help everyone! Wish me luck:)