Wanted to share a format I was not aware of until recently. It's called Readers Theater, and it is a great way to help children actively engage in a story. Dr. Valerie Harrison, author of The Great Fish, was the first person to introduce me to this type of book. Read this article from Scholastic on Readers Theater to learn more.
When I was a child, I struggled with reading but loved pretending. This type of book would have been a great way to introduce a script format to me at an early age and help me better engage with the characters and the story. Your child doesn't need to show an interest in the arts for this format to be helpful, motivating and exciting. Readers Theater offers a different type of reading experience that your child will learn from, remember and cherish.
Watch the video below and read what Dr. Valerie has to say about The Great Fish and its Reader Theater format.
My name is Dr. Valerie Harrison, founder, and CEO of Educationally Yours, LLC. I would like to announce a new Bible Reading Series that contains Bible stories written in Readers Theater format for children ages 6-8 (Grades 1-3). Readers Theater is a performance-based text written in script or play format that is engaging, motivational, and can improve reading performance. The goal of the Bible Readers Theater is to motivate readers beyond the story in order to help them gain a better understanding of God’s character and the teachings of Jesus Christ. Each story is accompanied by a standards-based instructional guide and appropriate activities that can be used for Christian educational institutions, home schooling, and family devotions. The activities for this series are aligned with Common Core reading standards and can be utilized for instruction and enjoyment.
The first story in the Bible Reading Series is The Great Fish, by Dr. Valerie Harrison and Kim Rhodes. The Great Fish is the story of Jonah and the whale retold in Readers Theater format. Readers will relive this classic Bible story in a vivid expressive way as they read the part of Jonah, a reluctant prophet whose decision to disobey God’s command landed him in the belly of Ithy, the great fish. They will enjoy the character Ithy, servant of the Most High God, as he obeys God’s command to swallow Jonah whole. Learn how Jonah repents and follows God’s command to go to the city of Nineveh. And finally, readers will experience the power and majesty of the Almighty God as they read and discover how God demonstrates His overwhelming love and tender mercy to save the people of Nineveh and give Jonah a second chance.
The Great Fish, published by Trilogy Publishing is available for purchase at Amazon.com, https://www.educationallyyoursllc.com/, your local book, or call Trilogy Publishing at 1-800-473-5106.
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