5 Guided Reading Activities for Winter Break

Posted on December 18 2018

5 Guided Reading Activities for Winter Break

Discover these fun reading exercises to keep your child learning over the holidays

One of the guided reading activities on this list is to read, watch, and discuss.

As most children look forward to a short winter break from school, some may find themselves at a loss for what to do with their free time. Consider incorporating these five guided reading activities to prompt imagination and learning – in a fun way – and eliminate boredom throughout winter break:

  1. Hold story time conversations
  2. Create story drawings
  3. Incorporate active participation
  4. Use tools to enhance the reading experience

Continue reading below to learn more about each of these guided reading activities for children to use during winter break.

1. Read, watch, and discuss

This idea centers on using movie adaptions of books to enhance reading and promote deeper thinking. First, read a book with your little one – or have your older child read it independently – and then watch the film together. After the movie ends, discuss with your child the differences between the film and written versions of the story, what they liked and didn’t like about both, and why they think the film director made the changes they did. Focus on questions that will allow your child to think more critically about what they read and watched.

2. Hold story time conversations

When your child finishes a new book, have them answer questions about what they liked, what they would’ve changed, and which characters they would like to meet in real life. This exercise is another tool to prompt deeper learning and comprehension while empowering your child to connect more deeply with their reading material.

3. Create story drawings

Another guided reading activity for winter break is to create story drawings. Ask your child to sketch out a picture representing the key plot points for a story they’ve read. Their imagination and creativity will surely spark as they use crayons, colored pencils, and other drawing tools to visually reimagine the book.

4. Incorporate active participation

During family reading time, encourage your child to actively participate. One way to do this is to have the child jump or clap their hands when a certain word or phrase is used in the story. You could also ask them to act out certain scenes to get their body – and mind – moving. This active exercise will teach your child to pay close attention to what they read and hear, using silly actions to keep them entertained while they’re at it.

5. Use tools to enhance the reading experience 

Using reading tools like the Toobaloo, Eye Lighter, and Check-A-Roo help make reading fun for kids of all ages while also enhancing pronunciation and comprehension skills. These affordable, safe, and kid-approved tools are useful both in the classroom and at home, where you can encourage your child to find ways to become more active and interested in reading.

Guided reading activities over winter break can prompt creativity and learning in new ways. Discover how to make reading fun for kids and more reading activities to help kids read at home on our blog.

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