Character Development for Children: Read Alouds.
Character Development for Children: Read Alouds
Character development is a high priority for many of us homeschooling parents. We would like for our children to grow up to be good people in their thoughts and behaviors.
*Character development for children is, as you know, better caught than taught. We model for our children the kind of people we want them to be.
*Character development is learned by watching role models at church, extended family, community activities and homeschool co-op.
*Character development can be learned by “paper models” that children read in books including Scripture and family read alouds. Here are a few read alouds that we like so much that we’ve incorporated them into elementary Language Arts:
Literature Activity Guide for Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney Have you read this lovely story of a young woman who makes the world a better place by planting lupines? This is story of family values and traditions, determination and the idea of spreading beauty for others to enjoy- excellent character qualities! Miss Rumphius can be found at your library or bookstore. You can download the Activity Guide and get started today!
Literature Activity Guide for You Are Special by Max Lucado Many people know the inspiring story of Punchinello learning from his creator his own value. When our children learn to value themselves simply because God values them, they can develop character strength to fulfill God’s plans for them as they grow up. Download this Literature Activity Guide for FREE until the end of 2016.
The fun, developmentally-appropriate educational activities in the study guides include:
- Phonics component: Each guide, while read-aloud level, contains some phonics fun for the learners
- Comprehension skills: Children experience activities to help them learn some early comprehension skills
- Story Elements: Children identify elements common to all fictional stories
- Phonics / Grammar: Students practice a skill with a sorting activity using words from the story itself (plus a few others thrown in, for good measure)
- Vocabulary: Young readers learn new words using the “Roll’em & Read’em” activity sheet
- Comprehension: Children develop their skills using an activity sheet based on the book
- Research: Students are encouraged to further study topics related to the story