5 Playful Ways to Introduce Your Kids to Reading
We all know how important reading is, right? And we all want our kids to be readers. But how does that happen? How do we create the environment to give our littles the best chance to learn to read?
Let me start by telling you to put away the flash cards. Rote memorization won’t get them to where they need to be. These tips are all playful ways to build an awareness of the sounds in words.
And the best part? They won’t even notice the learning part because you’ll be having so much fun together! That’s the best kind of learning – when it’s a byproduct of some fun.
Clap in time to syllables with familiar words and names
Mommy: –; alligator: —-; book: -; banana: —
We all know the color I-Spy but this version uses letter sounds.
“I spy with my little eye and I see something that begins with the mmm sound”. Or “I spy with my little eye and I see something that begins with the same sound as the word ‘book’”.
“Guess what” problems
“It rhymes with dish and swims”. “It rhymes with cat and you wear it on your head”.
Trace letters in sand or rice while saying them
This is especially good for kids who are kinesthetic learners. In other words, kids who need to move while they are learning.
Read to your littles for 15 minutes every day
Tell them how much you enjoy it. Ham it up by using different voices and sound effects as you read to them. Keep reading to them daily even once they learn to read. It’ll become a favorite family ritual.
These strategies will make your littles aware of the sounds in words AND show them that reading is a priority in your home. And that will make all the difference. Happy reading!