Playing with literature

Playing with literature

Reading comprehension for initial readers is one of the most difficult issues that parents and teachers face when teaching literacy. Because reading unknown words can be so exhausting, children may turn away from reading. To face this issue, reading must then be both engaging and meant to be fun. 

Cognitive development also takes part in children's literacy levels. Depending on what age your child is. They might have more difficulty with reading because their literacy skills have not been fully developed yet. Typically, students, who are five to 7 have the most trouble reading, since they are early readers. However, as they get older and cognitive development increases  reading only gets easier. 

Utilizing the book Rafael Pombo Clásicos 

Reading with Rafael Pombo Clásicos will make your child fall in love with literature! This book is a favorite across Colombia and latin american for it´s fables that have become timeless classics.Children relive the nostalgia from these beautiful stories such as El Gato Bandido, Tia Pasitrote, El Renacuajo Pasaeador, Perrico Zanquituert, Simon el Bobito, Mirringa Mirronga, and La Pobre Viejecita. Along with that, these stories focus on culture, morality and ethics which are important values in a child's socioemotional wellbeing. These short stories are perfect for children who are just beginning to read along with those who are native and non natiuve spanish speakers as it is written in simple spanish. 

  • To accompany the story La Pobre Viejecita, prepare questions from the text. For example: "Who is the main character?", "What is the name of the story?" What things did the old woman have? "," Was the old woman really poor? ”. Then, on the floor, separate two lines, on these two lines, put cards with the correct or incorrect answer to the questions. Students should jump on the card that they think has the correct answer. If you follow the right path, under the cards you will find a prize.

  • To accompany the story El Renacuajo Pasajero On a beach ball, write the following questions: "What is the name of the frog in the story?", "What does the frog wear", "Does the frog listen to his mom?", "Who are the other animals the frog meets?”What happens at Tia rata’s house?"What happened to the frog?" After writing the questions, play hot potato with the students. You can turn on music. When the music stops, the child who has the ball must read one of the questions on the ball.

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Written by: Valeria Flores. University of California Los Angeles. Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Linguistics. Bilingual teacher.

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