Charms: Reading Comprehension Activity for New Reader.

Do you ever wonder if your kids are understanding the words being read?   I wanted to see what my daughter’s level of comprehension was with the book we were reading, Pocketful of Posies.   Suzanne, over at Pixie Place, has sent us a couple of charm packs (remember we used them in the past to make I Spy Jars and Toddler Shaking Bottles) and today we dug out our stash of charms and had fun matching the nursery rhyme with a charm.   It was fun to see the different types of associations my daughter made with the various rhymes.  



All you need to do this activity are a bunch of different charms, you can also use items from around the house.   If possible have more charms than would match your story, it is fun to see the the connections your kids can make (ex: pom-pom matches with Mary had a little lamb – for the soft wool, or a baby bottle that has water in it and the itsy-bitsy spider that went up a water spout, etc.)


The collection of nursery rhymes in Pocketful of Posies, by Salley Mavor and printed by Houghton Mifflin Books, is perfect for reading comprehension, especially with a new reader.   The stories are brief (one-page long) and Salley did beautiful embroidery to illustrate each rhyme – lots of material to help give kiddos a reference point to remember what they just read.


Want more book suggestions?   Head over to the Book Chook. Susan has a trove of reading resources and book suggestions for our kiddos to enjoy!


  1. this looks like alot of fun to do

  2. Thanks for linking to Read.Explore.Learn. This is a great way to teach words and their meaning.

  3. Interesting take on charms. I think that would go over well here 🙂

  4. Nice idea to reinforce book and work in comprehension!

  5. It’s so fun to see our children begin reading. I never thought I’d say that! 🙂

  6. I’m reading along enjoyably, really enjoying these ideas and suddenly see you gave my blog a shout-out! Thank you so much Rachel!

    I have not heard of the word “charms” to describe these tiny items but I know for sure that kids just love them. Another way I’ve used them is with a storytelling box –

  7. What a great idea for building reading comprehension and making connections. Love it!

  8. This is such a cool way to teach the idea of making connections! Love it! I’m off to share this one one on Twitter and Facebook!

  9. Aaaah another fab idea! Love it. The charms are so sweet, I bet they work a treat!


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