Teaching kids to read

I am spending a little over an hour three times this week with ten kids going into fourth grade, helping them to read. We are reading books, talking about them, and then they are reading the book out loud to someone.

I have been looking and looking for a book that we can read as a group and read quietly in smaller groups and I have found one. It’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. I’ve done that book with fourth graders before, so I know they can understand it, if you take long enough.

Of course, before I did the book in 13 weeks. I only have two days left. But I think it might be intriguing for them to read the book in class, not all of it, but parts of it. I wish I could send my copies home with them, but I need them for my college class this summer, too.

I have some kid-aged things to do with AiW and I am going to make copies of those things. We may only spend a little bit of time on the other book, maybe thirty minutes, and spend the rest of the time reading and writing on Alice. We still won’t get through with it, but I think we could read some of the fun parts. And do some of the fun things.

We could write an “if you give a mouse a cookie…” type story as a class. But would we have time?

Two chapters are 30 minutes to read. Then talking about them is 15. Then the animal stuff is 15. That’s an hour. We only have an hour and 15 minutes a day.

Maybe we could do one chapter and a writing exercise. And then the day after do another chapter and a writing exercise. I have an easy-to-read version, but I only have one copy of it.

Okay. What if I read a chapter 15 minutes. And then they read a chapter, 20 minutes. After that we could do the fantastic creature writing. And if we had time we could talk about the animal stuff.

Then the day after I could read a chapter and they could read a chapter and we’d do the poem and the puns.

All told we’re only going to be able to read four chapters. I need to pick which ones we read. The first two and the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party and… the croquet game? My personal favorites are the Mock Turtle and the Gryphon, but those aren’t very little kid friendly. Although it does let them know about the puns. I guess we’ll just do the two pages on puns that I have for that.

I think that is the best idea I have. I will also offer to let them take home a donated book. I have several at different levels. The library here donated four boxes worth!