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Reading Comprehension Questions for Families
These questions can be used with any story. Before, during and after your child has read a story or you have read a story with your child, choose one or two of these questions to answer. Make it a game! Roll a couple dice to decide what number to answer.
1. Which character did you like the best? Why did you like them?
2. Would you like to trade places with any of the characters in the story? Why would you like to be him or her?
3. Would you like to be like one of the characters in the story? Why would you like to be like them?
4. What would you have changed about the ending of the story, if you had been the author?
5. Which character in the story would you like as a friend? Why?
6. Do you believe everything in the story could have actually happened? Why or why not?
7. What part of the story was the hardest for you to understand?
8. Would you recommend this story for someone else to read? Why or why not?
9. What would have been another good title for this story?
10. Write a paragraph describing the way two of the characters felt about each other. (Or just discuss it with someone!)
11. Would you have added anything else to the story to make it more interesting? If so, what?
12. Would you have left out any part of the story to make the story more interesting? If so, what part?
13. Can you make up a different ending to the story?
14. Was there any character in the story you didn’t like? If so who and why?
15. If you could meet the author, what would you like to talk about with him?
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“Children Learn What They Live” is one of my favorite reminders of the power that our actions have on children. There are different versions of this poem floating around the internet, but here’s one that’s pretty good.
Children Learn What They Live
by Dorothy Law Nolte (1924 – 2005)
If children live with criticism, they learn to condemn.
If children live with hostility, they learn to fight.
If children live with fear, they learn to be apprehensive.
If children live with pity, they learn to feel sorry for themselves.
If children live with ridicule, they learn to feel shy.
If children live with jealousy, they learn to feel envy.
If children live with shame, they learn to feel guilty.
If children live with encouragement, they learn confidence.
If children live with tolerance, they learn patience.
If children live with praise, they learn appreciation.
If children live with acceptance, they learn to love.
If children live with approval, they learn to like themselves.
If children live with recognition, they learn it is good to have a goal.
If children live with sharing, they learn generosity.
If children live with honesty, they learn truthfulness.
If children live with fairness, they learn justice.
If children live with kindness and consideration, they learn respect.
If children live with security, they learn to have faith in themselves and in those about them.
If children live with friendliness, they learn the world is a nice place in which to live.