Jennie, this is brilliant and thank you for posting. This is how children learn as you explained. Questions engage children to think, make decisions, and see the gray between the black and white.
Every day of chapter reading is an adventure; a roller coaster of wonder, laughter, and even sadness. Reading the words aloud to children without any pictures means that we stop to talk and ask questions.
As children hear the words, their brains are in “flux capacitor” mode. With only words to hear, the brain has to work overtime to make a mental picture, and more importantly process the story. That means thinking, reasoning, and asking questions. All in a moment.
That’s what happens every day at chapter reading.
Mr. Popper’s Penguins is our current chapter reading book, and a favorite. We’re close to the end. Mr. Popper and his penguins have been sent to jail. They caused chaos in the wrong theater with Swen Swenson and his trained seals. The penguins were disturbers of the peace. The police and firemen (firefighters was not a word back in 1938) were called. …
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