We love reading a lot of Christmas books during the month of December so instead of our regular reports or writing lessons, my son will notebook about the books that we’ve read. It’s a great way to test his comprehension and incorporate writing into one activity.
I love reading wonderful books and I don’t always like to test my kids about the book with question after questions about what we read. I love to ask what happened and see what the child comes up with and not stifle their creativity.
I love leaving space for the child to draw because that always inspires their writing. When I just ask my son to write, he tends to get writer’s block and complains about not knowing what to write. If he draws first, it always inspires a great sentence as he tries to summarize what is going on in his picture.
I do prefer to use notebooking with my kids instead of pre-made test or question style type of reports to see what they remember or the significant parts that they took away from the story.
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