Want to help your child prepare for battles? Read with them! Talk about the books together. Here are some questions you can ask:
- Who is the author?
- Who are the characters?
- What is the plot (what happens)?
- What are the themes (the big ideas)?
- What is your favorite part?
- How is this book like real life or like other books you have read?
- Does anything in the book remind you of something you have experienced?
- Do the characters in the story show courage?
- How do they decide what is right and wrong?
- Do you think the story was well written? Why or why not?
- Does the main character change because of what happens in the book? What do you think about that?
- Why do you think the author chose that title?
- Is this book better or worse than other books you have read?
- Would you recommend it to others? To whom?
Share your ideas, too, and remember- there are no right or wrong answers to most of these questions. Unlike memorizing summaries or drilling with practice questions, this type of discussion will develop higher order critical thinking skills and help foster an appreciation of literature and a life-long love of reading. That’s the purpose and the beauty of OBOB!