I have begun to formally give my first graders their first reading test. I am preparing to make class reading groups and am testing on many different skills. Not only, do they have to read a text to pass to the next level they must also be able to make a connection. Parents often ask, what exactly does that mean? When a child is finished reading a story or a book, we will ask what did this book make you think of. What Connection were you able to make? We want the children to be able to say “This text makes me think about….” We want to activate prior knowledge and to have the child become more of an active reader, not just have the ability to call out words. In first grade and in years to come your child will be learning about 3 types of connections.
- Text to Text: This is when the book that has just been read reminds your child about another book that he/she has read, or that you have read to him/her.
- Text to Self: This is when the book that has just been read reminds your child about a personal experience that relates to the book.
- Text to World: This is when the book that has just been read reminds your child about an experience that he/she has heard about, talked about or perhaps seen on TV or in a movie or text in relationship to the world.
Here is a list of picture books that can be used for modeling Making Connections that I found online and hope that it can be helpful to you when you practice Making Connections with your child.