I’m glad you stopped by, and I hope you join me on my blogging journey. As the name suggests, this blog is about more than reading. But reading is a large part of what we will learn about here, reading activities and a whole lot more.
I don’t know about you, but I love reading and have for as long as I can remember. One of my early reading memories is of me and my sister sitting in our hammock in the backyard, reading together during our free-time. I don’t know how old I was, but I was young enough that I was still sounding out words aloud which annoyed my sister, because she couldn’t focus on her book.
I hope you love reading too, because we will be talking a lot about it, good books to read, ways to get more from your reading, and reading challenges!
Going Beyond Reading
So where did the inspiration for this blog and its name come from? It started with my desire to help children and young people in particular get more from their reading time. Reading is good, but in order to learn through reading, it takes more than reading.
Here on the blog you will be learning ways to go beyond giving a child a book to read and calling that good. You will learn ways to actively involve children in activities related to what they have read, activities that will enforce what they have read in their minds. You will also learn about the study guides that I make and sell in my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
The activities are those that I did in school. And though it has been quite a few years since I did them, I still remember a lot of what I learned. And I remember because I did more than just read from the history or science book.
I wrote reports, did crafts, drew pictures, and acted out what I learned. My teacher (my mom:) realized the importance of reinforcing what I had read, so I would really learn from it and remember it.
Reading Activities and More
Now you can learn what I learned, what made a world of a difference for me. Do I remember what I learned in the Western Civilization class I took my senior year in college? Hardly.
Do I remember what I learned in elementary U. S. History class? Yes, quite a bit. I remember the report I wrote as though I were a girl hearing President James Monroe announce the Monroe doctrine. I remember the picture I drew of the barnstormers. I remember the pioneer dress I helped to sew.
Through more in-depth posts, you can get ideas on ways you can make reading more beneficial for your students. And if you have a student who is not interested in reading, you may find that incorporating some of these activities into reading time will change that.
Or you might be a young person who enjoys reading or would like to enjoy reading. If so, you might want to try some of these activities as well.
I hope you stick around so you can find ways to help you or your students love reading and be able to learn a lot from it.