Creating Better Readers through Storytime

A parent's guide to reading instruction using children's storybooks
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Instructed by Marcy Sproull Academics / Humanities
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  • Lectures 20
  • Contents Video: 2 hours
    Other: 8 mins
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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Published 4/2015 English

Course Description

Good reading skills are essential for children to do well in school. And there are so many things that you can do as a parent to help children become good readers. In this course, you will learn how to teach reading skills through a children's storybook. You probably already read to your child at home. Now you can learn how to incorporate simple yet effective lessons in phonological awareness, word recognition, vocabulary, and comprehension.

Working on reading skills for just a few minutes a day can have a major impact on your child's reading abilities. This course is designed to help you create reading activities and lessons at each stage of the reading process; before, during, and after. Each stage of reading offers opportunities for you to engage children in the story, teach critical thinking skills, increase their knowledge of words, and how to respond to what they have just read.

This course is structured so that you learn the basic elements of reading instruction, the best practices for reading, and why it is so important to read to children.

What are the requirements?

  • This course is designed to teach students how to incorporate reading lessons into their storytime at home, and for best results, this activity should be conducted at least several times per week.

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Identify the three stages of reading
  • Create reading lessons for each stage of reading using a children's storybook
  • Motivate their children to read more
  • Create reading lessons in phonological awareness, phonics, word identification, vocabulary, and comprehension
  • Create extended learning activities after reading a storybook

What is the target audience?

  • This course is for parents with elementary age children who want to help improve their child’s reading skills, or for tutors who teach reading skills.

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Section 1: Introduction

Welcome to the course! I'm Marcy Sproull, your instructor for this course. Reading aloud to children is one of the most important things that parents can do to help their children develop good reading skills. In this course, I will teach you how to transform your storytime, by adding simple yet effective reading lessons.


This is an overview of the course. You will get an idea of how the course is laid out, and the topics that we will be covering.

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This lecture provides the learning objectives for this course, including understanding the reading process, the three stages of reading, and creating reading lessons using a children's storybook.

Section 2: The Basics

This lecture discusses the building blocks of reading instruction; phonological awareness, word recognition, vocabulary, and comprehension.


In this lecture, we will discuss setting the stage for reading, so that your reading time is positive and as effective as it can be.


There are several important benefits of reading to your children. At the end of this lecture, you should be able to identify the benefits of reading aloud to children, and think about which ones are the most important for you.


This lecture introduces the three stages of reading; before, during, and after. We will discuss the importance of each stage, and how it relates to the reading process.

Section 3: Before Reading

In this lecture, you will learn about print awareness. This is a skill that young readers will need to develop before they start reading. Print awareness encompasses several ideas; written words represent spoken words, what we say can be written down, the purpose of words, and concepts about books.


A story-walk through takes children through the book so that they can look at the pictures, and get an idea of what the book is about. It allows them to make predictions as to what the book is about, or what will happen in the story.


Background knowledge is an important concept in reading instruction. This lecture will help you to have a greater understanding of how to check your child's background knowledge about a given topic.


This lecture discusses how to build children's background knowledge before you start to read in order to help them understand the story.

Section 4: During Reading

In this lecture, we will discuss metacognition, or thinking about or thinking. You will learn how to teach children thinking that will help them in understanding the story.


In this lecture, we will talk about creating mini-lessons on various topics using words from the storybook.

Section 5: After Reading

This lecture discusses ways in which we can encourage children to respond, or answer back, to what they have read. This includes checking the predictions that were made and making connections between their own lives and the story. We will also discuss responding to the story through writing and artwork.


Asking questions is a good way to check children's understanding of what they just read. In this lecture, we will discuss the three types of questions; literal, inferential, and evaluative.


In this lecture we talk about summarizing the story. Summarizing is noting the main point of the story, and important details. We can ask who, what, why, where, when, and how questions, or we can talk about who the characters are, the main problem that they are facing, and how the problem is resolved.

Section 6: Motivation

Motivation is an extremely important concept in reading instruction. Most likely, if children don't like to read, then they won't! Learn how to motivate your child to become more interested in reading.

Section 7: On Your Own
2 pages

This is an opportunity to use what you learned. You will be directed to an online book. Read the story, and create reading activities for each stage of reading.

2 pages

This lecture provides possible answers for the homework assignment. Remember, that these are not the only answers!

Section 8: Parent Resources
Parent Resources
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Instructor Biography

Marcy Sproull, Teacher, Reading Specialist

Hello! According to my parents, I have been helping students ever since elementary school. I'm Marcy Sproull. I am a reading instructor for the Los Angeles Community College District, and I am also a private reading tutor. Reading is my passion, and I love helping people to become better readers. I enjoy working with parents, teaching them strategies and activities that they can use at home to teach reading skills to their children.

.My background includes teaching children and adults with learning and developmental disabilities. I have a master's degree in reading education from California State University, Fullerton, and am the founder of Integrative Learning Solutions.

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