The Gist —
Izzy and her friends (spoon, fork, knife, dish, napkin and cup) are excited to be able to finally set the table. Fun variations on table setting ensue, and the spoon and dish have a little adventure together. My gist makes it sound random, but it all comes together nicely in the end!
Why I like The Table Sets Itself —
Daily tasks often lack creativity, and this book shows children that there is fun to be had in their “chores”. The illustrations in this book are basic but beautiful, and you will spend a lot of time looking at the pictures. Bonus: the inside cover has a cool place setting chart that anyone can use!
Read Aloud Tips for The Table Sets Itself
(read How to Use Book Notes if you are confused)
* You don’t have to do all of these, in fact, don’t do them all. Just pick one or two prompts per read aloud.
* The key to using these prompts is to making them conversational and natural. If you pull out a print out of questions or sound too probing, your child will read right through you. Be casual and they won’t know you are actually increasing their comprehension and growing interest in reading.
It’s helpful to preview the books you will read aloud so you know when certain parts are coming. Your child can preview the book with you. Flip through the pages and take a picture walk, but don’t read the words yet. Gather ideas about the book and what the book could possibly be about. This shouldn’t take long, maybe one minute for a shorter book and two for a longer book.
Have your child make a prediction at a turning point in the book, like when the dish and spoon run away. Ask your child where they think the crazy dish and spoon went. They will read on with interest to find out if their prediction is correct.
At the end of the story, ask your child to connect this to their life. Model this for them. If it is not a detailed example, encourage the use of specific language.
Example: When Izzy was allowed to finally set the table she was excited. I know this because when I was allowed to walk the dog on my own I felt grown up and responsible, and that excited me.
Ask your child to close their eyes and build a picture in their head of the page you are reading. A great page to do this on would be the one where the spoon and dish write from Paris.
Again, make these small tasks / questions fun. This is a time to connect with your child and maybe learn something about them that you didn’t know.