By Nancy Miller
Here’s a fun activity that can take five minutes, or roll out to 10 or 15.
The goal here is to have fun with words — and encourage your kid to get reading!
Play on Words
This activity uses three major learning styles:
• visual: they see the words.
• aural: they hear the words.
• kinesthetic: they act out the words
Here’s how to play:
1. Ask the child to say his name and what he likes to do. For instance:
“My name is Fraser. I like to swim.” (or ride my bike, or run, etc.)
2. Write down the answer in large letters.
3. Then together, pretend you’re swimming hard (lie across a chair and kick your feet while stroking with your arms; diving… make sure there’s lots of action!)
3. Read the words aloud, pointing to each word. Read the words together.
You can also extend the learning:
*Do the actions again. Then ask your child to pick out the words that go with that action.
*Keep a record of the words.
*Later you can also cut out pictures to go with the activities; this is excellent for reinforcement.
Other times, pretend:
*Animals; “My name is Fraser. I am a lion.”
*Vehicles: “My name is Fraser. I am a train.”
*Sports: “I like to play baseball.”
This will work with whatever your child’s interests are.
This activity is a shortened version of a longer learning-to-read program. If you would like more information on the program, please contact: Nancy Miller at firstname.lastname@example.org.