Looking for a fun activity to plan with your children this weekend? Try Reader's Theater! All you need is a script and your imagination.
In Reader's Theater, instead of just reading, everyone gets to perform the story! There is no need to memorize lines or plan out action sequences – the point is to have fun!
Choose a play
You can find play - from classics to new stories - for all ages in the library or online. You can also write your own play. Choose a favorite story or a scene from a book. Work with your child to create a script based on the action and dialog of the story.
Assign the parts
Read through the script silently or aloud as a group. Spend a few minutes discussing the plot and characters; then, decide who will play each part. Even young children can understand the concept of playing the part of a character. "Owning" part of the dialog really helps to build reading comprehension.
Go through the script and help children identify their own parts. Next, ask a few questions to be sure they understand what their characters are saying and doing, what emotions they are feeling, and how they fit into the story as a whole.
Get into character
Encourage each child to invent a special voice, gestures, and emotions for the character. Add to the fun by helping children create simple costumes (with scarves, hats, etc.) to make the characters sparkle.
When everyone is ready to perform, go for it!
Whether in the park, living room, the car, or even in your hotel room when you're traveling, Reader's Theater performances are a unique way to excite kids about reading.