I have finally compiled a list of the literature I plan to read aloud to my first grader this coming school year. I carefully chose these books because one of my goals this upcoming school year is to help my son’s auditory skills. My goal is for him to be able to comprehend books read aloud to him without the aid of pictures. I went through each picture book on this list and most of the choices have a good amount of text on each page. I will be utilizing narration and conversation to determine my son’s comprehension.
The plan is to read approximately 3 picture books a week for the first half of the school year. At the same time I will read a chapter book, but at a much slower pace. The second half of the school year will be only chapter books. I will use narration for the chapter books. Narration is the process of having a child repeat back what was read to him, but in his own words. I will start off by having him repeat back a sentence before moving on to having him retell a paragraph or a chapter. This will also help improve his auditory memory skills as well.
Because my son is so visual, I am incorporating lots of DVDs into our study this school year. If there is a movie or a short video available on one of the books we have read we will watch the DVD after we have completed the book.
Here are the picture books I plan to use. I’ve listed them in the approximate order I plan to read them. I’ve included lots of fairy tales into the mix.
Here is the list of chapter books I plan to use in the order I plan to read them. The first ones on the list have some pictures and the last ones on the list have no pictures or very long chapters with few pictures.
I’m looking forward to snuggling on the couch with my little boy and discovering the world of literature.