Reading is Fun: Getting Your Kids Involved
If people did not know how to read, they wouldn’t be able to drive, follow a recipe or find out the daily news. People read something every single day, and will be reading for the rest of their lives. Without reading, it would difficult to get by day by day. Introducing your child to the world of reading will open up so many wonderful opportunities. Children can get lost in books, write poetry, follow directions or develop plans and reports. Being a bookworm should not be the main focus here; it is important that children can read in order to be successful in their lives.
Parents and teachers can engage their children and students in many reading exercises and activities. Activities that teach reading aren’t just limited to reading books. There are many games that involve children in reading as well.
Letter and Word Games
There is an abundant list of games that will get your child reading. Games such as Scrabble, Hangman, and UpWords are both educational and fun. They stimulate the mind and get those learning wheels turning. A great benefit to these games is that even though they think it’s all about winning, they don’t fully realize that what they’re actually doing is actively reading.
Scavenger hunts involve lists of several items. Some of the items indicated may be very specific or very vague. Because scavenger hunts are so exciting, children are more caught up in winning than actually taking the time to read what they should be looking for. Reading something incorrectly can result in bringing back the wrong things.
Ask your child to assist you with building something, such as a desk. Lay out all of the materials that came in the package and read the set of directions with your child. Ensure that your child is interpreting the directions the same way you are. Reading a part of the directions incorrectly can result in parts not fitting or worse, watching the end product fall apart when used!
Break this activity up into several categories, such as food groups, places or people. All you would need is 3x5 cards to write different words on. Ask your child to sit in front of you and ask him or her to say what is written on the card. Set a time limit for each card and work at an even, but quick pace.
This activity will get children giggling. Set up a room like a baseball field with all the bases. Assign positions to the children. Stand in the middle of the room with a large piece of construction paper with a word written on it. Make sure that you have plenty of word cards for the duration of the game. For every kid who is “at bat,” hold up the card and ask him or her to say what word is written. Play it like an actual baseball game, whereas they get three chances to say the word.