5 ways to make reading fun: help your child learn to read! Did you know that most kids stop reading by their fourth grade year in school? That’s a scary thought! Reading is an important part of a child’s success in school, in life and well into their adulthood. If we want to help our children be successful in life, then we need to encourage them to read. Here are some great activities that can help or your child get started and learn the fun of reading.
They are presented for young children [ages 4-6] but with your creative adjustments, they work for older children also [ages 7-9]
1-Have your child design their own bookmark. Trace around an existing bookmark for a template, go on the internet, or create your own…perhaps an animal shape.
2-Tape record one of your child’s favorite stories so they can play it and follow along in the book as they listen.
3-Find or decorate a special container(s) [baskets, boxes, expandable file folders…] for storing your child’s favorite books. Use several containers and label by ‘category’ so they can collect and store reading material about their favorite thing(s).
4-Choose a special word from a favorite book of your child’s. Write a string of random letters which include the ‘special word’ several times in the string.
Say, “I can see the word dad four times in these letters, can YOU?” [For small children write the special word on a card so they can see it to match it in the random string.]
5-At the restaurant or supermarket, identify a letter and have your child see how many words they can find that begin with that letter. For variation, look for last letters or middle letters or word endings.
These are a few fun ideas for you and your child on their journey to learn to read.
If you have a child in school, then you know how important it is for them to read. In school, reading is the foundation for success in writing, the core of most school subjects and the building blocks of knowledge. It’s important to help them read well and read often! It’s also important to motivate them. Make reading fun again by finding new and exciting ways to motivate your child to read.
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