.....................................................reading tutor
From Superkids by Jean Marzollo - Illustrations by Irene Trivas

Many of the activities on these pages may require adult supervision.
Be sure to tell a grown-up about what you're planning and ask for permission before getting started.

Or "story secretary."


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Many parents would like to hire someone who would help their children practice reading skills. Perhaps you would go over a child's homework each day. This is a good way to proceed because you will be working according to the school's system of teaching reading.

Perhaps you will be asked to get a child interested in reading. A good way to do this is to read aloud to a child in order to show how much fun books can be. Perhaps your job would be to take a child to the library every Saturday morning, select books, bring the books and the child home, and read the books to the child.
Another way to get a child interested in the printed word is to be the child's secretary. First, get to know the child. Play together. After you are friends, ask the child to tell you stories that you can write down.

Write the stories down as the child tells them. Print neatly. Don't rewrite the stories. Get them down the way the child says them; they'll be more natural that way. Not only that, the child will be more likely to tell stories if he or she doesn't think you are going to change them all the time.

Afterward, read the stories back. Have the child make pictures to go with them. Put them into a notebook or make books out of them. This process - that is, the process of your being the secretary and the child being the author - often gets kids to talk, listen, and eventually to read.


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Based on the book SUPERKIDS: Creative Learning Activities for Children 5-15
Text © Jean Marzollo, Illustrations © Irene Trivas

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