Creating Better Readers through Storytime
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Creating Better Readers through Storytime

A parent's guide to reading instruction using children's storybooks
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Created by Marcy Sproull
Last updated 5/2015
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  • 2 hours on-demand video
  • 4 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • 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
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  • 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.

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.

Who 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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Curriculum For This Course
20 Lectures
3 Lectures 04:45

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.

Preview 02:24

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.

Preview 02:21

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.

Course Objectives
1 page
The Basics
4 Lectures 34:11

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

Preview 14:37

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.

Setting the Stage

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.

The Benefits of Reading Aloud

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.

The Three Stages of Reading
Before Reading
4 Lectures 29:54

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.

Print Awareness

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.

Story Walk-Through and Predictions

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.

Checking Background Knowledge

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

Building Background Knowledge
During Reading
2 Lectures 20:50

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.

Thinking and Discussing

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

Teaching Reading Skills
After Reading
3 Lectures 20:58

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.

Responding to the Story

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.

Asking Questions

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.

1 Lecture 12:31

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.

How to Motivate Your Child to Read
On Your Own
2 Lectures 00:00

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.

Homework Assignment
2 pages

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

Possible Answers for Homework Assignment
2 pages
Parent Resources
1 Lecture 00:00
Parent Resources
3 pages
About the Instructor
Marcy Sproull
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Acupuncturist, Teacher, and Reading Specialist

At Integrative Learning Solutions we are committed to providing research-based continuing education for health-care providers and the best in holistic health for consumers at all levels. I'm Marcy Sproull, an acupuncturist, credentialed teacher, and reading specialist. I founded Interative Learning Solutions to help individuals reach their academic potential by addressing the needs of the body, mind, and spirit. 

As an acupuncturist, I work with children and adults with learning difficulties, developmental disabilities, and individuals who just want to improve their cognitive function. As a reading specialist, I work with individuals with specific reading disorders, as well as students who just want to improve their reading and study skills.

I combine techniques that I use in my practice, such as acupressure, mindful meditation, and holistic health perspectives, with learning strategies and executive function skills to create a unique way of helping individuals meeting their goals in school and the workplace, while achieving greater health.

I currently work in private practice, as well as teach reading for a local community college in Southern California.