Lola Koala’s Travel Adventures: Dr. Tinita Ortega Kearney, CCC-SLP/L
Children of every age need some basic skills in reading comprehension. When focusing on stories they should understand the definition of Who, What and Where. Who is a person? What is a thing and where refers to a place? Examples of each should be shown and discussed by parents and teachers helping students or their child prepare for reading a story. Lola Koala is excited to be going on an adventure. She is an explorer and loves learning new things. But first she must get organized. Each child reading this her story will be asked to answer her questions and learn more about her adventure. Remember the three important words: who, what and whereas your guide.
Lola is about to embark on her trip but first she must pack her suitcase. Who must back her suitcase please look at the pictures on the right and choose your answer? What will she read? Where is her toothbrush and check out the picture yes or no: Do you see a hat? Use the flip ups to see if your answer is right.
This book will help children with visual perception, eye hand coordination and understanding simple terms when dealing with reading comprehension. Lola is on a plane and must make sure she is buckled in. Using the questions on the next the page and looking at Lola on the page before try and answer the questions. She is so excited she landed but you will not believe where. Look at the pictures and using the question on the next flip up page decide who is taking her picture? What is she wearing on her head? I will leave the rest to the reader. The next flip page and the page before will give the child a better hint as to where she landed and what she is about to see? Using the questions on the next page who do you see in the statue? You might have to explain that term to the child. Next, where is in her hand and where is her camera? Using your eyes and tracking the picture do you see stars in the sky? YES OR NO? The next picture is more complicated but exciting as we learn more about the four giants sitting tall. The parent or teacher might have to explain what they are and how come they are just sitting so tall. Using the flip board answer the questions. The secret is about to be revealed but I am not going to tell you exactly where she is but if you read the flip page and find out where she is going to get her passport stamped from you will be as excited as Lola. Using the final pages on the book can you guess using the clues on this page and the one before it where she went? Where di Lola travel on this trip? Did you get it right? The author includes a collage of pictures of her trip for students and parents to talk about after reading her adventures.
This book is great for teaching visual discrimination, understanding who, what, where and explaining these three terms on each page. Parents can have their child create their own Who, What, Where pages using the pictures in the book to decide who meaning Lola, what did she have with her and where did she go in order to see if the child understands these terms. The parent or teacher can create a story chart of events in sequence. Children should not only answer the questions by using the flip board but verbally answer them too. Older children should answer in complete sentences. This is a great way to get children excited about reading, learning about other places and of course wanting more of Lola Koala’s adventures. The illustrations help to tell the story and nonreaders can reread it using the pictures as visual prompts.
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