Do you have a budding reader that wants to learn more? Have a reader who isn’t interested but likes fun games? I have some fun reading strategies you can do at home to help your young readers build a strong foundation.
Reading Strategy #1 – Build a Story Game
After your child learns many stories they learn that stories are made of characters, they have a beginning, middle and end, and there is a problem that has to be solved. One of our favorite car games is to build a story. Here is how it goes:
- Who are our characters? (Many times our main characters are Bear and Unicorn).
- What are they (the characters) doing? What problem do they have?
- Then we start with “Once upon a time…”
- Then I have them tell me, what happened next, and next, and next, until we get to “the end.”
Reading Strategy #2 – The Letter Hunt
The letter hunt can be played during your daily errands. This can be done any way that works best for you. My youngest is just learning to identify letters. We do a lot of hunts for the letter “B.” This is the first letter of his name and is excited when he finds one.
My daughter knows all of her letters now. With her we try to go in order and see if we can find all of the letters on our journey. Sometimes we pick a hard letter (like Q, R or M) to find. I have learned through my daughter that we really have to focus on the letters that have other letters that a similar. For capital letters we focus on M and W, N and V, and R and K. For lower case letters we spend most of the time on d, b, p, and q.
Reading Strategy # 3 – What Begins With?
Another strategy you can do on the go is “What Begins With?” I will say a letter and the kids will try to tell me words that begin with that letter. This is a really good way to assess if you child is understanding the phonics (the sounds letters make).
For example, I will say B. The kids will call out words like bear, ball, Benicio, beach.
Reading Strategy #4 – Sidewalk Chalk
Kids love sidewalk chalk. What better way to build those skills than by writing outside. We have covered our swing set, fence, and street with letters, words, and images.
Reading Strategy #5 – Sight Word Bingo
Do your kids like games? This Sight Word Bingo will have them quickly recognizing these all important words.
Reading Strategy #6 – Sight Word Stories Series
These stories combine fun topics, repetition, and sight words to build reading skills. Your readers can easily learn to read these on their own. Detailed information is included to help you guide them through reading, writing, and playing sight word games. Click HERE to learn more or click the image.