We all want our kids to love books and reading. Reporting on the books they have read can be dry or it can be fun. While traditional book reports have their place in our homeschool, I really like to encourage the kids’ creativity and imagination when it comes to book reporting. Here are some creative activities you can have your children do:
– Write newspaper reports of different events that occur in the book.
– Construct a diorama of a scene in the story.
– Draw a picture or map of the place in which the story takes place, and label where different parts of the story happen.
– Imagine you are one of the characters and talk about how you feel about the other characters.
– Write a letter to the author, telling him/her what you enjoyed about the book.
– Compare the book to a similar story or another by the same author.
– Make a unique book jacket, complete with blurbs about the story.
– Write another chapter to the book, or another story with the same characters or setting.
– Make a poster to advertise the book.
– Write another ending to the story.
– Write a review of the book, telling what you liked about it and what you didn’t, and include reasons and examples.
– Make an illustrated timeline for the book.
– Use puppets to retell the story, or act out a scene from the story.
– Write a poem to accompany the story.
– Paint a mural or make a portrait gallery of the main characters, with description.
How do you make book reporting creative and fun in your homeschool?
Tanya is a homeschooling mother of three. When she’s not watching the kids act out the latest story they have read, she blogs about homeschooling, cooking, gardening, and more at So Happy Together.
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