Badger Hollow Story Guides are designed to help you have meaningful discussions with your children (aged 2-7) and practice critical thinking skills using picture books (See our booklist page for the books we’ll be using).
Visit our shop for the latest guides. New guides come out each Wednesday.
Individual guides are $1 for the PDF file, but you can grab the first two for free below:
Tips and Tricks for using Badger Hollow Story Guides:
- Badger Hollow Story Guides may be printed out, read from your phone or tablet, or you can even place a sticky note on each page where a question is asked.
- Preview the book yourself before you read to your child so that the question prompts come up naturally and you don’t impede reading or comprehension of the overall story.
- Remember, these guides are not for your child. They are a resource for YOU the parent, caregiver, or teacher. They will help you facilitate meaningful discussions and help them learn/practice higher-level critical thinking skills that they’ll need in the years to come.
- For a very young or nonverbal child, you can simply ask yourself these questions and answer them aloud, modeling the skills good readers use to understand the story.
- For a child aged 4-7, use each question to prompt an answer, but don’t expect them to answer every one. If you ask a question and the answer is “I don’t know,” use that as an opportunity to model the thinking process of a good reader.
- Badger Hollow Story Guides are NOT assessments to be used to “grade” your child’s critical thinking skills. However, they can be used to gauge growth of a particular skill or to identify a skill that needs more practice.
- Allow your child to get an answer wrong and don’t correct them right away if they don’t answer the way you expect. Encourage them to look again or read the page again and ask the question a second time. If they cannot come up with the correct answer after a second look/listen, it’s okay to tell them the answer and then show them the clues (written or illustrated) you used to arrive at that answer.
- Most importantly, HAVE FUN! Really listen to your child’s answers and you’ll gain deep insight into their personality and perspective on the world. You may even learn something yourself!