“Conversational Reading” is the theme for new parent-child reading together workshops at the Ridgefield Library. Conversational Reading is about finding meaning in a story by asking questions and talking about the stories children are reading. Families with children in Kindergarten through 4th grade can learn skills to create thought provoking conversations about books they read together with their children. Parents can learn how to help their children express themselves and their reactions to literature. Questions that require speculation, pondering and prediction enhance children’s understanding of the story and their ability to relate their own experiences.
The workshops, the first set of which are scheduled for November and December, begin with a delicious pizza dinner for all, followed by an engaging book discussion. Library staff will share techniques for creating thoughtful questions. Attendees will receive a favorite picture or chapter book to read and discuss at home, together with “Reading Together,” a book by Diane Frankenstein which is a wonderful resource for creating discussions about children’s literature. Space is limited in the workshops. Participants need to register on the library’s online program calendar, where you can find more details about each workshop.
Contributed by Children's Program Coordinator Diane Antezzo