Maximizing each story's learning potential


January 19, 2000|By Susan Rapp | Susan Rapp,Village Reading Center

Here's how to get the most out of each story you read with your child, using today's selection as an example.

Introduce the story: Before reading today's read-aloud selection, ask your child to describe a city and what he thinks he might see there. Next, tell your child that "Gila Monsters Meet You at the Airport" is about a child from New York City who is anticipating what it's going to be like when he moves with his family to the West.

After reading: Discuss how each of the children in the story felt about the other's former home. Help your child understand that neither the East nor the West is a better place to live, but that each child did not know what to expect. Discuss what is unique about each place.

Finally, use old newspapers and magazines to let your child cut out many pictures of different neighborhoods or objects found in the environment. Using three pieces of paper, label one with the word "East," one with the word "West" and one with the word "Both." Let your child sort the pictures and then paste them onto the page he thinks is right. Anyway he sorts them is correct as long as he can give reasons for his choices.

Extend the activity: Look on a map of the United States and find New York City. Show your child how to go west from there. Go outside your house and help your child locate the directions for east and west from your front door.

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