Monday, March 28, 2011

Imagination Soup: Playful Learning for Inquisitive Kids!

I came across Imagination Soup recently and was saddened only because I hadn't found this site sooner.  It's simply amazing.  Melissa Taylor offers her audience a wealth of resources put together in the most charming of ways. 

I was overwhelmingly impressed by her knowledge and sense of creativity that I asked her to prepare a guest post for Kleinspiration so that our readers could get a taste, or appetizer, of Imagination Soup.

Guest Post: Imagination Soup author, Melissa Taylor (award winning blogger and former classroom teacher)

Do you know that kids need to be taught what good readers do? It’s true. Even good readers can be better readers. One of the most basic things you can teach your child is to connect to what they’re reading.


To start teaching what good readers do – you must do it out loud.

1. You say when you’re making a connection in your life to anything in a book or otherwise. For example, “Oh, that _____________ reminded me of _______________.”

2. 2. When you’re reading out loud to your child, stop and make connections out loud. “This part about rainbows makes me connect to ________________ (when we saw a rainbow) (when we read another story about rainbows).


3. Ask your child “Do you have any connections to __________ part?”

4. Build this together as you read and live. You can have life connections all day long – it doesn’t have to be with books.

5. Talk about what kind of connections you are having. Is it a connection to something in your own life? In another book? Something you know about in the world? Often, literacy teachers call these: Text (aka. book) to self, text-to-text, text to world. You might find out what your school calls the connection or do your own thing.

6. Give your child a pack of sticky notes to “notice” his or her connections. Have him jot a quick note of what kind of connection he made and stick it on the page.


1. Talk about your child’s connections. Praise the thinking! “Good readers make connections in the text, I notice that you’re thinking about your connections.”

Sticky notes make everything fun!

Encouraging children to be conscious about their thinking will benefit them in comprehension,

It’s also quite important for when they find difficulties comprehending their reading material. It’s pretty challenging to comprehend text if you have no background knowledge to connect to. When it happens, you’ll be able to encourage your child to make choices about how to respond – either read something else or build up her background knowledge first.

For all the reading comprehension strategies, visit

Bio: Melissa Taylor is a mom, writer, blogger and teacher with a M.A. in Education.

She blogs at Imagination Soup,, a playful learning blog for inquisitive kids.

Thank you so much, Melissa!  I know Kleinspiration readers will adore your site as much as I have. 


  1. thank for having me here! I love your blog and always learn so much from you!

  2. Melissa,

    You're certainly welcome! Thank you for the kind words regarding my blog. I love when teachers and bloggers come together to share what works for their students! What a great way to build a community for our kids!! :)