r’s note: This is a sponsored post. I am teaming up with Brightly, an online resource from Penguin Random House that helps parents, educators, and anyone with kids in their lives grow lifelong readers! All opinions are my own.
The school year is still fairly new in that I have not gotten my “regulars” back at the library so programming is a bit tricky. One thing that I really want to initiate is some kind of fluency program. Something where the kids can practice not just reading but reading with expression, reading with feeling, reading without sounding like robots.
As per my usual, I was over thinking HOW this would look. I had thought of finding an outside facilitator, was looking at what other libraries did but today I had a great “a ha moment.” I pulled out one of the books of Mad Libs that I was sent to review from Brightly and asked the kids at the library to work a few of them with me.
Today’s group was children who’s ages ranged from five through eleven. There were three boys and one girl. I mention this because I am always worried about the male/female ration but the group was very inclusive and gave everyone a chance to participate. After I explained HOW Mad Libs worked, reviewed the parts of speech, the kids had at it.
I will eat some humble pie because I was surprised at just how much fun the kids had playing and creating their Mad Libs stories. They were appropriately kids; lots of burping and farting jokes but also silly with animals, goofy words and inside jokes from school. As I puttered around my desk, they played independently for about 45 minutes! I thought for sure the group would not want to play but they were so excited to be a part of this test that they played well after I left for the day.
As a kid I played with Mad Libs but can remember my mom always encouraging me to “save the book” but allowing the kids to have it and do as many as they wanted seemed to be the key. One child wrote out the words while the others helped each other come of with the different parts of speech to create the stories. Listening to them giggle and read their stories was priceless.
As I listened to the kids it occurred to me to let them direct this idea; a program where the controlled the story. They came up with combinations and took turns reading and helping each other with their creations. Needless to say, Mad Libs will totally be my go to! I was gifted a few books that I can use for work and
But you don’t have to take *my* word for it! Download your own pack of Mad Libs here. Share these with the young people in your life and be prepared for giggles and silly stories.
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r’s note: This is a sponsored post. I am teaming up with Brightly, an online resource from Penguin Random House that helps parents, educators, and anyone with kids in their lives grow lifelong readers! Brightly offers book recommendations from all publishers for every age and stage, reading tips, author essays, and much more.