I have two early readers in the house right now. And while one is excited to point out the words he knows all around him, the other seems a little more apathetic about the whole thing. Since this early reading stage can influence how they feel about reading later on in life, I’m on a journey to make reading more fun for both of them.
(This is a sponsored post on behalf of HiFiKiddo. All opinions are 100% my own.)
I try to incorporate games into our school day whenever possible. There are lots of different online games for beginner readers, but I really like making up our own games and adding some movement into reading as well.
One of their favorites is using packaging bubbles to play Sight Word Pop! The kids have also smacked all kinds of words and even sentences in our Sight Word Smack game. (There is just something about hitting things with a flyswatter that makes them happy!)
Most recently we got up and moving all around the house with this Early Reading Scavenger Hunt game.
Comfortable Reading Space
The kids have a bookshelf (a very full bookshelf, might I add) at the end of our hallway, with beanbag chairs to snuggle into as they read. But everyone likes a change of scenery every now and then…
On these cold winter mornings they love it when I light a fire in the fireplace, drag the beanbags and blankets to the living room and create a cozy reading spot, complete with snacks.
High-Interest Reading Material
That comfortable reading spot is only half the battle. You need to have books the kids WANT to read. When it comes to early readers, I look for books with eye-catching illustrations and only 2-3 sentences per page. (More than that and they tend to panic before they even try to read the page.)
And don’t forget chapter books! Bedtime is the perfect time for sharing chapter books with young kids. When choosing a good chapter book, I look for one that I know will draw them in. Currently the Magic Tree House series is a big hit. I love it when I finish reading a chapter and they beg me to read “just one more!”
When it comes to reading material, don’t just limit it to books, either. I’ve begun leaving small notes around the house for the kids to find.
And my oldest is loving the idea of writing short messages to her aunt and cousins and getting letters in return. Instead of using snail mail, which would cost us a fortune for the 2-3 sentences she may write, and then, of course, having to wait for a reply, we’ve discovered HiFiKiddo. Since she wants her “privacy,” my reluctant reader has to sound out her short replies on her own. And boy does she look forward to them!
Want to know more about HiFiKiddo? You can check out my earlier review and it’s available to download from the App Store as well as for Android.
I’d love to know how you make reading more fun for your kids! Leave a comment below, or tell me about it over on the Facebook!