So, I read novels to them. First graders begin to read chapter books. It's a big deal for them to be able to read a chapter book. So, when I talk to them about a novel, they think that's an even bigger deal!
This is what we do when it's time for me to read the novel. It's usually at the end of the day. The children find a comfortable place on our carpet. They can lay down if they wish. (I've actually had a few fall asleep.)
And then, they just enjoy.
I begin the year by reading Ramona the Brave by Beverly Cleary. It's a great one to start with, because Ramona is telling about her experience as she enters first grade.
We just finished My Father's Dragon by Ruth Stiles Gannett.
It's a wonderful story of a boy telling about his father's adventures (when he was a boy) as the father tries to save a flying dragon from an island filled with dangerous wild animals.
I just love the cover of the book. It was perfect for making predictions. Don't you just love the lion's braids and bows?
So, I decided to make a set of worksheets to go with the book.
You can download the worksheets here.
We're just starting to read The Mouse on the Motorcycle by Beverly Cleary. The kids can't stop laughing when the mouse starts riding the toy motorcycle.
I'm always looking for new read aloud book ideas. I would love to hear about some of your favorites.