About the Readings
Rainbow Paths divides its readings into 2 main categories: Fiction and non-fiction. The non-fiction ones not only give information based on real facts, but also talk about the symbolism of the natural world to correlate it to the experience of human life. The theme of a reading inside a path is usually linked to another reading inside the following paths until you finish the rainbow. The same also happens inside the fiction stories. Some of them are constructed by chapters from the Red Path to the Purple Path, and in others, although you can read them as individual stories, children can go from one path to another and link different narrators and anecdotes to guess who the character is and get the big picture of many short stories put together. Meanwhile, you’ll be able to practice a reading activity with them as they talk about their own connection to nature through the texts, paint on top of it, talk about what happened in a story, come up with a great new idea for a recipe or trigger a new project on your mind because of an activity suggestion to visit a site. At the same time, you’ll find that these 2 categories (fiction and non-fiction) are also splited into 3 subcategories as you’ll read next: Reading Comprehensions, Reading Activities and a mix between both.
Our Reading Comprehensions are usually short fiction stories where you’ll find multiple choice questions as well as true or false or to write the answer on the designated space, a space that could be wavy lines or dotted-wavy-uneven lines inside a drawn landscape.
Our Reading Activities could be either in a non-fiction text as well as in a fiction one. This implies an activity related to the reading where the children will have to do a little research, a simple craft, think the title for a recipe, go and explore a place and get some answers, paint with different materials, etc. In some cases you’ll find names such as: Rootivity, Windivity, Watertivity, which are the combination of the topic of the reading with the word Activity.
Reading Comp. and Act.
The Reading Comprehension and Activity could be either a fiction story or a non-fiction one that combines both things: Answering reading comprehension questions as well as to do an activity related to the reading. From talking about a pet to think of a title for a recipe, to draw freely with music, etc.
Age Range: We think these readings cover an age range between 8 and 12 years old. They’ve been tested on ESL children between these ages with different learning levels and all of them ended up understanding the material to the extend of their personal level along with the help of the teacher. If you or your child find a reading too difficult for his or her personal level, and it happened to be linked to another story, save it for another moment and read other texts individually skipping the questions where the link has to be made. Remember that in a learning process repeating a reading in different moments (for example 6 months later or a year later) is very useful, because it always teaches us that our point of view expands, and confirms that we have evolved in our learning process. Try out first our free samples to see if they are the kinds of readings your children or pupils would like to work with or if it is the kind of material that you as a teacher or parent would like to use with them.