I would love to hear from others about your tried and tested ideas, so please comment!
Games to Encourage Early Readers
by Joanna Norland
Early readers can be reluctant readers. Here are some games to spice up reading practice for beginners during the school holidays.
· Word Pictures: (for ages 3-4) Draw a simple scene – such as a busy street or a playground on a giant piece of paper, e.g., from an art paper roll. Write labels such as “car”, “man,” or “grass” on index cards, and tack Blu Tack to the back of the cards. Ask your child to affix the words to the correct items in the picture. Repeat over several days, adding additional words.
· Words in action: (for ages 3-4) Write a series of action words on index cards such as “run,” “jump,” or “sit.” Have your child choose a word from the deck and perform the action. Repeat frequently, adding new words to the deck. Your child may also enjoy reading off action words for you to perform. (“This card says “salsa dance,” mummy!”)
· Treasure hunt: (for ages 3-4) Send your child on a treasure hunt through the house, following a trail of clues to reach a prize such as a small toy, or a message promising a family outing. Use single-word clues, such as “rug” for beginning readers, and simple sentences as they advance.