KIDS LOVE NONFICTION!!
Have you ever noticed how much young kids love nonfiction? In the recent years, I have been more and more in tune with this fact! Over my years of teaching I have gone from reading about 80% fiction to 20% nonfiction to my students to now probably 40% fiction and 60% nonfiction. They love it! The more informational texts I read the more they ask for it. I am not kidding when I say I can read science readers to my kindergartners all day long and they just soak it up!! They are even checking nonfiction books out of the library all the time. It is amazing!! I love it!! The more you think about it, the more it makes sense!! Kids are curious, inquisitive, intuitive, and always exploring. They love to ask questions and discover the world around them. I think about how many times my own kids, from the moment they starting talking, asked a million questions a day! Since young children are curious about the world, nonfiction reading and writing should be woven throughout the curriculum from the minute they start school. By beginning early on, we are preparing young children for nonfiction material they will be presented with and be expected to generate as they progress through the grades into adulthood. By the time we are adults the majority of our reading and writing will be nonfiction we need to make sure that our students are prepared for the future.
How did this revaluation start for me? Well I love science and the more science topics I integrated into reading instruction the more kids loved it. I loved teaching them the vocabulary words, I loved their excitement, and I loved how much schema they retained!! My kindergarten team and I began to build more and more nonfiction themes. We began to ingrate our science and social studies standards with our reading standards so we could dig deep on our non-fiction units. We were continually amazed on their excitement, their knowledge, and their connections they were making. They were starting to understand and use table of contents, their questions, knowledge, and vocabulary were getting deeper, their writings were becoming informational, and their world was becoming bigger!!