Reading Games for Kids

Reading games for kids are another way to make learning to read fun! All parents know how important literacy skills are for kids. The best way to start is with a love of books. Gone are the days when children had to plough through boring classroom readers when learning early literacy skills.

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Today's children are also spoiled for choice when it comes to high quality children's books. I always recommend that parents bringing their child for Speech Therapy join their public library. It's a great source of free materials.

Do your kids have their favourite series or author? Maybe they love joke books or fun facts? It really does not matter what they read as long as they read as much as possible. To help them to do this, we need to make it fun! Once you help them to choose a good book, from the store or the library, what next?

Reading Challenge

The traditional readathon or reading challenge is where a child must try to see how many books they can read over a period of time, such as a break from school.

The key to making this fun for your child is to make sure they can reach the target. So a child who is reading Harry Potter novels should not have to read as many books as a younger child reading pre-school level books.

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Everyone should get a prize at the end. Why not use a sticker chart to help you keep track of the number of books read?

Story Characters

Another great reading game to play with kids is to read their favourite story together and then help them to dress up as a character from the book. You do not need to spend money on fancy costumes. Get creative with old clothes and make masks from paper plates.

Games to Teach Reading

Kids love books. There is never a time when your child is too young for books. Start reading short, sing-songy nursery rhymes to your baby. Pick a time every day to read with your child.

Children learn a lot from books. Simple words books with bright pictures are great for young ones. As they grow into toddlers, move up to simple story books. You'll be amazed at how much your child will absorb simply by having you read to them.

Don't be discouraged if your child wants to look at a different book than the one you are reading. This is normal as you child is actually mimicking your actions. Let your child hold onto their own book while you read the other. Take time to look at the pictures, point out colours and ask questions. If your preschooler wants to read the same book over and over and over, just go with it. Pretty soon, they'll be reciting it back to you.

Reading to your child is one of the best language development activities you can engage in. Don't be afraid of multi-syllable "big" words, even for toddlers. Children love long and intricate words. Hippopotamus, dinosaur, octagon and so many others are enriching for language development as well as creating a magical world of books for your youngster.

Silly books packed full of rhymes are fantastic for preschoolers. Dr, Seuss and similar silly stories encourage your child's imagination, as well as help developing a sense of speech rhythm and melody.

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Dr Seuss Book Collection

Much like talking to your child, there is no video or movie that will ever replace the benefits of reading. Don't worry if you're not the greatest reader, just pick up a book and get started. Plan a time every day to read to your child, not just to encourage language development, but to create that special bond that comes from cuddling up together with a good book.

Reading Fluency Games

Reading fluency games are for children who are able to break down words and make sense of them when reading but are slow to do so.

Some children are slow to break down words when they are reading and read with lots of hesitations and pauses. They may try to read a word several times, then give up and move onto the next word. Listening to these kids read can be hard for parents as they see the effort their child has to give.

Improving reading fluency is achieved by a combination of factors. Firstly, it is important that your child is reading text at the right level for their reading age and stage. Trying to decode too many tricky words too early will cause stumbles over words that will knock their fragile reading confidence.

Confidence is another factor in fluent reading. When a child can make a good guess at a tricky word and then move on, reading becomes more fluent and less of a laboured effort.

Reading Comprehension Games

Children who will benefit from reading comprehension games are those who need help in understanding what they just read. I give more information and suggestions for reading comprehension games here.

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