One way to help your child become a better reader is to connect reading to writing. Stories are often good prompts from which to launch a writing activity. After reading "Sam, Bangs and Moonshine," discuss the story and the meaning of some of the powerful terms used in this tale. What does moonshine stand for? What term did Bangs use to define moonshine? Select some of the terms used to describe the weather that day. Talk about and draw pictures of thick muddy clouds and torrents of rain.
Give your child opportunities to read and write. This helps your child think about writing as a process that involves organizing ideas and expressing them in words, and putting words on paper.
-- Susan Rapp
Village Reading Center