password: tigers To: West District Families BookFlix is an excellent interactive program for parents to experience with their children. You can access the program at home through your library's remote access system. Older brothers and sisters may also enjoy helping their younger siblings navigate the topics and stories in BookFlix.
All the fiction/nonfiction pairs in BookFlix are categorized according to nine themes: Animals and Nature, Earth and Sky, Family and Community, People and Places, Music and Rhyme, ABC’s and 1, 2, 3’s, Adventure, Imagination, and Celebrations. Each topic includes a pair of books, one fiction and one nonfiction.
BookFlix makes learning fun and interesting, as children learn the difference between fact and fiction.
Browse the categories and choose a topic that interests your child. Review the lesson plan that accompanies each pair to help start a dialogue with your child before viewing the video.
After going to the Pair page, click on Watch the Story. Enjoy the story as it unfolds in the video. (If your child likes the story you may want to check out the book the next time you visit the library.)
Click on Meet the Author. What can you learn about authors' lives to help you understand the stories they write? If your child is interested, click on the link to visit the author’s Web site.
Click on Read the Book. This is the nonfiction book that relates to the story you watched. You may choose to listen to the book being read or read it aloud to your child as you click on Turn Page prompt.
Talk with your child about the difference between the fictional story in the video and the factual book you have read.
Click on Puzzlers and help your child play the Word Match game. Depending on the age of your child, these may be activities they can do on their own. Talk about the word puzzles with your child and define any words he or she does not already know.
Click on Fact or Fiction. Talk with your child about the three possible answers to each question. Remember, you are looking for the answer that is fiction, or make-believe. Children in the pre-K and primary grades are just learning to separate fact from fiction and will enjoy the excitement of knowing the right answer.
Click on Explore the Web. You will be directed to Web sites that directly relate to the topic of the story and the nonfiction book. These Web sites have been carefully selected for the age of your child. Be sure to stop when your child gets restless. You can always come back to the topic later to learn more.
When you next visit the library, you may want to check out some other books on the topic you have been exploring together.