Our Elementary Activity Guides give advantages to young learners. Here’s why.
7 Reasons Why Elementary Activity Guides Give Advantages to Young Learners
This special post is by the author of our 7Sisters Elementary Literature Activity Guides, Wayne Thorp. Wayne is a 7th “brother” because he’s married to our 7Sister, Allison, and is the author of our delightful, developmentally appropriate and FUN Elementary Literature Activity Guides.
Here are Wayne Thorp’s 7 reasons why Elementary Activity Guides give advantages to young learners:
7Sisters’ Elementary Activity Guides are aptly named. They provide an interactive advantage for a book or story. No more “Here, read this and answer the questions.”
The advantages of include:
* specified vocabulary to provide a better insight to the selection
* suggested spelling list with a phonetic theme
* introduction and reinforcement of sight & high frequency words in a game-style context
* focus activity on one (or maybe two) specific reading strategies appropriate to the book
* review of the story elements for each fiction piece
* opportunities to delve more deeply in the subject matter — with a selection of options!
* and, yes, some comprehension questions — but some which require the reader to THINK about what was just read (not just regurgitate facts)
Learning should not be a passive sport. The more actively engaged the learner, the more learning takes place. According to Dale’s Cone of Experience (Dale, 1969) people generally remember just 10% of what they read, but up to 70% of what they say and write and 90% of what they do! As parents educators we want our children to do far more than simply define or describe what they’ve read; we want them to retain and be able to analyze and create based on knowledge they’ve obtained through interaction with literature.
Using an activity guide provides motivation for a reader as well as stimulate a child’s imagination!