Parent and child writing activity: Logic Gaps
A big thing we see here at ECP is that children do not make logical jumps from one part of a story to the next, are unable to guess what happens next in a story, or do not assess the practical feasibility of something in their writing. This is something that comes very naturally to older kids and adults, so it may catch you by surprise! However, avoiding logic gaps is a skill that can be built up over time quite easily. Try these activities for practice.
- When you are reading a story together, it is important to pause to ask reading comprehension questions periodically. These do not have to be directly related to the story (i.e. “What just happened?”) but just need to keep your child engaged (i.e. “This character just went to a birthday party. What is the most fun birthday party you have been to?” or “How would you feel if your friend said that to you?”) To practice making logical jumps, periodically ask questions like “What do you think will happen next?” and “Does this remind you of any other stories or movies?” Or, point out inconsistencies in a story or movie (i.e. Do you think it’s really possible for this character to have run 100 miles?”).
- Print out pictures of a routine or chain of events that have to happen in a certain order (i.e. getting ready to go to the beach or cooking dinner). Ask child to label each picture with what is happening and to then put them in order. If he/she puts them in an order that doesn’t make sense, ask specific questions that will encourage him/her to rearrange (i.e. “Is it possible to boil water without turning on the stove first?”).
- Print out three pictures that represent the beginning, middle, and end of one of your child’s favourite stories. Ask him/her to put the pictures in order and to tell you the story by explaining what is going on in each picture and what happened in between them.
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