“Friendship is born at that moment when one person says to another, ‘What! You too? I thought I was the only one.’”
— C. S. Lewis
Teach Them Diligently Convention: Session by Ali Dent
Teach Them to Live
How to create readers, thinkers, and speakers in an electronic age
What if there was a simple, fun way for your child to become a confident speaker and strong thinker while growing his reading comprehension and enjoyment of stories?
What if he could learn these skills in a way that caused him to ask you to repeat the process year after year?
Would this appeal to you?
It’s possible. It’s easy.
And it’s inexpensive.
You already own everything that you need to make this dream come true.
During the session
Ali Dent will show you how to use the tools you already own to produce confident speakers, skilled thinkers and story lovers who will ask you to continue the process again and again.
Ali created these tools 12 years ago when her dyslexic daughter entered high school. She wanted her daughter to enjoy difficult books instead of reading them just to check a list. The simple techniques that worked for her daughter are easy to use. The methods work for every child, regardless of his learning style or age.
Ali has watched countless home school kids transform from shy bookworms into confident public speakers. She has witnessed nonreaders with disabilities or lack of interest in reading transform into story lovers who know how to think and possess courage to speak.
Come visit Ali Dent at the Teach Them Diligently convention in Dallas, Texas to learn how you can use the curriculum you already own and watch your children transform into gifted readers, speakers, and thinkers.
Ali uses literature club as a platform to encourage children to become confident speakers, skilled thinkers and story lovers. Families join in the fun for various reasons. Some for the social aspect, others for academic reasons.
Regardless of the initial reason for joining a literature club, the outcome is the same, community. When parent and child share a meal, a book, and conversation with other parents and children, an intimacy emerges between the adults and children. The kids form lifelong friendships, and so do the parents. Members make friends, memories, and connections with books and with each other.
“When my daughters joined Ali’s LITClub I figured it would be similar to joining a book club: read, discuss, repeat. And, on the surface, that’s what happened. However, this was no “drop-off” event. Ali built in a relational piece to the club, which made the experience richer, deeper, and more satisfying than joining a book club. Not only did our family learn to relate to the books’ characters and stories, but we also grew closer as parent and child, friend to friend. The books became the excuse for gathering.” —Bridgette Booth, LITClub parent
- Fun with friends and family around books
- Build confidence to speak publicly
- Produce opportunities to think and read critically
- Improve communication skills
In short, a literature club supplies a fun and innovative opportunity to read, analyze, interpret and communicate effectively in a safe environment.
“My fourteen-year-old son has always been an avid reader, so when Ali invited us to LITClub I was both excited and apprehensive. Even though my son was a reader, he had never been challenged to read up to his ability. He had been reading whatever the “latest, greatest” book was, but never tackled the classics. Although he wasn’t immediately sold (Pride and Prejudice was our first book and he still believes it is the worst book ever written!), he quickly became a fan of the club. I took him to a used book sale at the end of the year, and he walked out with a stack of classics, which he happily paid for! He hasn’t completely given up the “latest, greatest” books, but he is much more balanced in his reading preferences and has a new appreciation for the great books.” —Pam Hassell
Literature club kids learn that communication is active; a partnership where the responsibility for success falls equally upon the listener and the speaker.
Literature club kids learn to listen with respect by applying these 6 techniques:
- Look into the eyes of the speaker. Eye contact is the number one way to impart value to another person.
- Stop your current activity. Strive to provide undivided, undistracted attention.
- Lean forward. This says, “I am interested.”
- Make gestures that prove you’re paying attention, like nodding your head, smiling or looking confused if you are. This gives the speaker courage to talk and signals to pause or keep going.
- Ask clarifying questions to make sure you understand the topic the same way the speaker does.
- Once you clarify the message you heard is the message that was sent, respond to what you both agree is being said.
Literature club kids learn to speak thoughtfully by exercising these 5 skills:
- Think before you speak.
- Form a clear idea of what you want the conversation to accomplish and choose your words to that end.
- Make your listener your primary concern. We all want to be understood, and that makes it easy to forget that our words may impact the listener differently than we intended. Tune into what your listener is saying without using words.
- After you make your point, ask questions to assure the message you intended is the message that was actually received.
- If your message wasn’t received as intended, don’t blame your listener. It’s your responsibility to rephrase your argument.
The LITClub, Transforming Reading into an Experience provides you with all the tools you need to enjoy reading the classics together. I call it an handbook because it shows you everything from how to get started to applying the literature club tools with 4 classic books (classic titles not included):
- A Start-Up Guide. This handbook shows you how to get your club up and running.
- Facilitator Guide. This shows you how to introduce the book. It includes questions and answers for a fun and insightful conversation.
- Project Guide. The handbook portion explains the critical thinking aspect of including the projects and the confidence the kids gain from standing before a group and sharing their projects. In Part III you will find project directions for each classic title.
- Vocabulary List. There are lists for high schoolers that include 80-100 words per book. The lists are shorter for younger children. The lists are linked to a free site called Quizet where the kids can play fun games to learn the words.
- Themed Menu. You may want to create your own menu for each book, but if life is busy, a menu with recipe links has been prepared for you.
All you need to do is fill in the form on the top right-side of this page. Once you do that and confirm your subscription, you will recieve the download link to this amazing, FREE resource.
You can start your literature club adventure today!
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