One of the simplest ways to increase a child’s vocabulary, comprehension, critical thinking skills, and attention span, is to read books aloud to them.
Beginning with short picture books, and moving on to chapter books, kids learn to develop a love of literacy when they are introduced to a wide variety of literature, from all different genres, throughout their childhood.
After reading a book aloud to children, expanding on the ideas presented in the text through enrichment activities provides kids with the opportunity to gain a better understanding of the book’s meaning and lessons.
Many parents and teachers adore long-time author, Judy Blume. One of her books, Freckle Juice, is a favorite among adults and children everywhere.
We recently read Freckle Juice by Judy Blume as part of our second grade homeschool curriculum. To extend the learning process, I included simple enrichment activities that were age-appropriate, interactive, and meaningful.
Below is a list of our favorites. Click on each link for additional information:
- A Story Web is a wonderful way to help children identify key details in the book – setting, main characters, problem, and solution.
- Working with children to identify the theme of the story, as well as to cite evidence from the text, encourages them to think critically about the message the author is trying to convey.
An anchor chart is one way to do this.
- Reflecting on the book, by writing a paragraph detailing the lesson presented in Freckle Juice can help children demonstrate their story comprehension, as well as to reinforce proper capitalization, punctuation, and sentence structure.
- Crafts are always an exciting way to expand on children’s creativity. Come up with your own Freckle Juice related craft, or use the idea below.
- Freckle Juice is a great book to use as a catalyst for discussions about uniqueness and being proud of our individuality. Helping children to understand who they are can have a lasting positive impact on their confidence and self-esteem.
- If you are brave enough, help the kids make their own Freckle Juice. Follow the recipe in the book (don’t drink it – Yuck!) or make modifications, and create your own version. Such an exciting, hands-on way to include math (measuring, counting) and life skills!
Have you read Freckle Juice by Judy Blume? Do you have an enrichment activity to share? Feel free to add your ideas in the comments below.