Every parent wants to get their kid off to a good start in life, and the research shows more every day that early reading and literacy skills are vital to this good start. Kids who read young experience better creativity, problem solving, critical thinking and educational and language skills and are proven to do better in life. Getting kids interested in reading can be tricky, however. Learn about a number of fun reading games and activities to get your child on the road to a lifetime love of words and books.
Reading games help your child to learn about sight words, letters and other reading skills but also teach how to have fun while doing it. They range from basic letter recognition to sentence structure and even story-building. There are a broad range of games you can use to interest your child in reading, and the options are only limited by your child’s current skill level (which is sure to rise as you play more games!)
Guess the Word
With guess the word, you gather a vocabulary list your child needs to learn and create a guessing game where you give the child clues that allow them to connect the words to the world they inhabit. By creating associations between words and life, the child will better remember the words and will increase their vocabulary by leaps and bounds.
Jumping Bean Phonics
Whole language learning is all the rage these days, but there’s still no substitute for good old-fashioned phonics. By combining phonics with your child’s natural energy, you’ve got the makings of a great game. Write consonants and sounds on cards, discuss them with your child and tape them on the floor. Then, give them a card with a letter on it and have them jump around to different cards that contain the letter while making the sounds on the cards.
As your child’s reading skills get more advanced, you can help them to learn how stories are constructed. Talk to them about the story you’ve just read and see if they can retell the story on their own, getting the order of events right. Copy six pages from a book you’ve recently read with your child, and separate the pictures from the words. Then, have the child put the pictures and text together and in the right sequence.
While not necessarily a game unto themselves, interactive e-Books combine the fun of technology and an interactive experience with reading and story structure. Kids are born into technology these days, and interactive e-Books will feel in many ways like a video game as the child works their way through the story.
If you would like more information or want to get started on the world of reading with your child, why not start with one of our free e-books? Then, read about the other literacy tools we have to offer. There’s no time like today to get started!