Getting your kids to talk about what they read is a simple and effective way to help strengthen the comprehension and analysis skills they need to grow as a reader.
Here are some easy discussion starters for those spare minutes in carpool, the grocery line, around the dinner table, or even during your kids’ playdates.
- What are you reading? What is it about?
- Why did you pick that book or magazine?
- Tell me about the main characters.
- Who’s your favorite character? Why?
- Do any of the characters remind you of yourself, your friends, or family members? How?Would you be friends with any of these characters in real life?
- How is this book similar to other stories you have read or movies you have seen?
- What’s the main problem or conflict in the story?
- Are there issues in the book that are similar to anything going on in the world right now or in history? .
- What did you learn from this book? About yourself? Or the world? Or other people?
- What do you like (dislike) about the writing style?
- Describe a part that puzzled you or made you ask questions.
- What are three new words you learned in this book?
- Who else would like this books? Siblings? Friends? Parents?