How can predicting the story help your grandchild to learn to read?
To predict what is going to happen next is to take an educated guess. Not so much a stab in the dark, but more so to predict what is likely to happen based on what has preceded the text so far.
An important process of your grandchildren’s language and literacy development involves being able to think about what might occur on the next page or in the next chapter.
Why is Predicting Important?
Predicting helps children stay engaged in the story.
If we encourage our grandchildren to predict they are bound to become excited about a story. They will become engrossed and absorbed and feel that they are, in some way, participating.
Using Predicting when Reading Chapter Books
Predicting is a useful tool for children who are beginning to read chapter books.
Chapter books don’t are much longer and being faced with page after page of text can be daunting for some grandchildren.
When you get to the end of a page or chapter, stop and ask your child, “What do you think is going to happen next to the character?”
“Will this happen or that?” – insert the details and remember to be specific.
Don’t ask general open questions that may allow your grandchild to shrug his or her shoulders and say, “I don’t know!”
Instead, use character’s names and the specific details of the story in your questions.
How does Predicting the Story Work?
Stopping and thinking about the story offers a child a wonderful way to strengthen their analytic skills.
Instead of being a sponge that just takes in information, your grandchild needs to build those important skills that will allow him or her to ask questions and develop an enquiring mind.
Using prediction when reading with your grandchild will help build him or her into a confident person who loves to read and explore the world with their mind.