If you're reading a chapter book to your children at the moment, have you tried using a story timeline?
At the moment, we are reading, "Mary Poppins" by P.L. Travers. Actually, it's hard to put it down when our 7 yr old keeps asking, "Read one more chapter, pleeeeeeeeaaaaassseeee!"
One of the things we're doing as we read through the story is to create a story timeline. After each chapter, the boys are encouraged to draw a picture, on the timeline, of what has happened in the story.
This provides the boys with a visual representation of the story plot which they've created themselves. Hopefully, it will help when the boys look back over the story timeline before writing a book review. That's the plan anyway! :o
The idea of this story timeline is to help children:
- organise their thoughts through drawings
- recall what has happened
- visually record the sequence of events as they happen in the story.
If you do anything similar, I'd love to hear about it! Please feel free to leave a comment on this post or on our facebook page.
In the meantime, enjoy whatever book you're reading with your children!
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