Reading and Problem Solving Workshop

There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. —Jacqueline Kennedy

     Reading and Problem Solving Tuesday Workshop

For Kids 8-12 years old


The workshop will focus on reading and comprehension.  It will promote your ability to read, understand, process, and recall what was just read. 

Having excellent reading and comprehension skill is a crucial life skill.  It allows you  to enjoy a storybook, follow rules for a game and know what a friend is saying in a letter. You can determine which candy bar has your favorite ingredient.  You can order from menus when your family dines out.

More importantly, reading and comprehension skill is used in other subjects in school such as science, math, and history.

The Workshop:

A variety of reading materials such as newspaper articles, magazine articles, and storybooks will be provided. The workshop is consist of two modules.

Module 1:  Stories or articles which are focused on problem-solving. 

 After reading, the students will be asked open-ended questions such as: 

 l.  What do you think is the problem?

2.  What do you think is the solution to the problem?

3.  How do you think the solution will solve the problem? Can you think of other ways to solve the problem?

The teacher will ask questions that allow students to use higher level thinking skills. 

For example,”The Three Billy Goats Gruff”.  Some examples of questions that require higher level thinking are:

l.  Do you think it was okay for the smaller billy goat to tell the troll to wait for his bigger brother?  Why or why not? 

2.  How would the story be different if the troll were friendly?

3.  The troll used his ugly face to scare the goats.  Can you think of other ways the troll could have frightened the goats?

4.  Which part of the story could happen in real life?  Which parts are make believe?

The teacher will provide opportunities for students to compare and contrast stories.  Comparing and contrasting provide practice in scrutinizing possible solutions to problems. 

The students will be encouraged to express their thoughts freely.  However, they will be motivated to listen and respect the perspectives of another student.  Perspective taking or the skill of being able to look at things from a point of view other than their own will be emphasized.  Perspective taking brings in the mindfulness of compassion and empathy to their relationship with others.

Module 2.  Building brain power through reading, understanding, processing and enjoying storybooks

The teacher will ask open-ended questions, as follows:

● Before :

    “What do you think the book will be about based on the title and cover?”

    “What type of characters do you think will be in the story?”

    “What do you know about this topic?”

● During :

    “What has happened in the story for far?”

    “How do you think the character will handle the situation?”

    “Is there anything you are wondering right now?”

● After :

    “What was the main message in the story/text?”

    “Tell me the story in your own words”

    “What were the most important events in the story?”

The students will be motivated to make connections and share experiences that relate to the story.

They will be encouraged to create a visual of the story by drawing the characters, scene, and plot. 

They will be prompted to make inferences and predictions. Making inferences and predictions goes hand-and-hand with asking questions. Inferring is the ability to take clues and given knowledge from a text and conclude what will happen next. To help the students infer, they will be asked to predict what might happen next in the story.

    ●  Inferring questions :

        “What does the author want you to think about?”

        “Why do you think the character did ______?”

    ●  Predicting questions:

        “What do you think will happen next?”

        “If the story had a sequel, what do you think it would be about?”

And more fun open-ended questions!

The Reading and Problem Solving workshop will be held:  

   *When:  Your preferred date every Tuesday,  l-4 pm. Book now!

Fee:  $30 each student, includes healthy snack and free consultation after the workshop.

About the Teacher:

Adelina Gotera is a BC Licensed Early Childhood and Special Needs Educator.  She has worked for twenty years in the childcare industry, as a daycare operator and  Early Childhood/Special Needs Educator in various childcare facilities in Vancouver and Vancouver Island. She had worked as Facilitator for the BC StrongStart Program, School District 63.
With her fruitful experience working with children, she wrote and published “Grandma Lives In Us” and “I Will Play With You” now available at Amazon in Kindle format.  With the publication of her two books, The Victoria Public Library awarded her twice as an Emerging Local Author. Her books are on the library's bookshelves.

Adelina is formerly a Professor, College of Commerce, University of Santo Tomas, Manila, Philippines, where she was a recipient of an award for her exemplary dedication to teaching.  She obtained her Master in Industrial Relations, on a  scholarship grant,  at the University of the Philippines, the country’s highly regarded university.

In her youth, she struggled between working for a living and studying.  With her perseverance and hard work, she finished her Bachelor of Science in Commerce at the College of Commerce, Manila, Philippines, the country’s highly regarded public college.

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