Learning to Read Activities
by Scott I.
(Fort Bragg, NC)
***A great collection of learning to read activities for children. Great story recall ideas! - The Guru***
It is recommended that children have 15 – 30 minutes of reading per day, and the more often they read, the sooner they begin to excel in school. That's why learning to read games are so important.
Learning to Read Game Ideas
My 7 year old daughter doesn’t like to read very much, but she loves to draw. Since she’s learning how to read we try to make it interesting by drawing the things we read about.
This helps to make reading fun for kids, as well as helps them improve their story recall skills. Additionally, if you have your child write words that relate to the picture, it helps them learn how to spell them, as well as relate the written word to the visual picture.
Another game with pictures is to draw the characters from the story and then cut them out. Have your child(ren) read the words in the story that their character(s) speak, and animate the various things they do. By doing this they learn to use their imagination more effectively. Or, instead of drawings you can substitute for stuffed animals, dolls, or even action figures.
You can also have your child draw various scenes from the story, then have them arrange the pictures in order of the story. Again, you can have them write a word or two on the picture so they can visually see them, and remember the lettering to help with spelling, and not to forget, helping to connect the words to the scenario.
There are various other ways to do these kids reading activities, for instance by using 3 X 5 index cards instead of paper to draw the pictures on, or even popsicle sticks, where you write key words about a scene on each stick, and then have the child arrange them in order. Then again you can even cut out characters on the cards, and glue the sticks to them to create puppets. When done with learning encourage the use of any puppets that have been created to act out other scenarios that they make up.
Keep, and collect all the different popsicle stick words to use over and over again, and even create new sentences to help kids create their own stories. This is a good way to help motivate children, because when they feel more involved, they begin to enjoy learning the words. This is a great way to encourage imaginary play as well!
Consider giving rewards when the child correctly answers, or reads groups of words. Also consider giving smaller rewards for attempts, even if they don’t get the answer correct, because it will encourage the child to try harder to get the “full” reward, without discouraging them.
Some dolls and toys that my kids like to use the most for these story recall activities are Legos and Littlest Pet Shops characters.
From time to time it would be a good idea to test your children without the aids to see how well it is helping them recall stories that they read. If you don’t do this then you won’t be able to gauge how well they are progressing.
Lastly, when choosing stories be sure to involve the kids. Visit a local library and browse the children books. Be sure to check the difficulty of the stories, as well as make sure that your children will find the story interesting.
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