Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Reading Response Journal

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I really enjoy reading a helpful and informative blog waddlee-ah-chaa. The two sisters who write this blog generously share great books in giveaways and also have a lot of practical advice on promoting literacy and creativity in children. I was very intrigued by this very helpful post on introducing reading response journal to young children. I printed a page for Anna and invited her for some “homework”. Since we are all psyched Pandamonium up for kindergarten, homework suggestion was accepted with great enthusiasm. I asked her to pick any book that she likes. To my surprise, she chose Panda-monium, which we received from Tiger Tales. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a nice book, and I see it out pretty often, but the text and content are more appropriate in my mind for young 3 year olds than for mature 4 year olds. However, I didn’t argue with the choices of that 4 year old and Aug16_Writing1 presented her with a reading response paper. It took a while for her to think of a favorite part for this book, but eventually she came up with a sentence, and I wrote it down on the board. Once she realized that I don’t ask her to spell the words, she was quite happy to copy her reading response and illustrate her story. I hope to make this exercise part of our daily routine and bind the reading responses into a folder. It will be interesting to see how her writing progresses over a year!

13 comments:

Mom and Kiddo said...

Kiddo still likes books that are "for younger kids." When I'm reading to his brother he still likes to listen in. I think that's pretty common. Hey, even I like to listen to a good picture book! :)

MaryAnne said...

Sounds like a fun new activity for you to do together! Waddlee-ah-chaa is a fun blog =)

Christy said...

I have never heard of that blog; I'll have to check it out.

Nice project!

C and R both love books that are young for them. Actually, the book in my post today is definitely young for C, but he thoroughly enjoyed it. R still loves to read our copies of Babybug magazine (she often reads them in bed at night) and they are very young for her!

Ticia said...

I think books too easy for them are comforting, that's my theory on those books.

I'll have to go check out that site, thanks for recommending it.

An Almost Unschooling Mom said...

You've got to stop introducing good blogs, or I'm going to have to stop doing anything but reading online :)

Debbie said...

I've been wanting to do this with Selena. She is always so narrative when retelling me the stories from her books.

Kim said...

What a great idea—and your daughter is so bright! I'm really impressed with her page!!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I love her picture! I love her book review!

Kelly said...

What a great idea. I should do more of this with Little J.

I'm not sure what Anna's teacher will be like, but Little J's kindergarten and first grade teachers didn't worry too much about spelling so that it wouldn't block the writing process.
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JDaniel4's Mom said...

This post counts as an entry in the Summer Reading Challenge.

Brimful Curiosities said...

My daughter's kindgergarten teacher encouraged phonetic spelling. They filled out similar pages to your reading response journal in their Junior Greatbooks program. Of course, my daughter enjoyed the drawing part more than the writing!

Waddlee-ah-chaa is a great blog.

hey said...

Hi from Jeannine at waddlee-ah-chaa! It is so inspiring to see young children reading, writing and learning. Of course, I love her response and illustration. Anna is so eager to grow and learn. It's wonderful to see that she has the freedom to develop her early literacy foundations.

I taught a mixed-age classroom of 6, 7 and 8 year-olds, when I taught in public school. I absolutely loved it! Children all grow and learn "in their own good time," and a mixed-age classroom allows them to bloom as they are ready. I know Anna will have a wonderful year. :)

jeannine: http://waddleeahchaa.com/

The girl who painted trees said...

I love that blog. I have been wanting to start those with Bear, and we do do reader responses orally. I worry that doing this will kill her love of reading the way math worksheets killed her love of math.

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