Friday, September 27

READING JOURNALS


READING JOURNALS
WHAT ARE THEY?

Reading journals are a collection of children's drawings in relation to the daily read aloud books or novels.  In essence they capture how the child visualizes stories that are read to them.

 
HOW TO DO THEM:
Read out loud to the children daily. Reading a novel or story aloud should be a staple group time activity with the children.

Have the children at a table while you read. 
Choose a great story, picture book, or novel that will capture the children's imagination and interest. 
Provide a variety of drawing material. Large three ring art pads so the children can use and view the same journal for a long duration of time is best.  Use, pencils, markers, crayons, pencil crayons that are accessible and creatively displayed.

As you read encourage children to draw in their journal.  Try to write down the story that was read somewhere in the child's work.  It's great to be able to see what the child hears!