❑ Complete a picture walk BEFORE reading.
❑ Predict what may happen in the book.
❑ Model and encourage your child to track print.
❑ Read a word or sentence and have your child repeat it after you.
❑ Take turns reading each page.
❑ Talk about the story as you read. (What do you think will happen next? What does this story remind you of?)
❑ Read the story again! Repeated readings build fluency and confidence!
It’s me, Mrs. Moore, again, and I am excited to share ideas with you about how to foster and enhance your child’s reading skills! For the month of December, I would like to focus on providing simple ways to introduce reading at home, while on Christmas break. You can do more than just read books, even though I suggest reading books, as well.
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Play board games with spelling or reading components. Playing board games as a family can help you enjoy some fun together over the holidays while working on reading skills in the process. Some examples of games that have a reading, spelling, or storytelling components are Tall Tales, Scrabble, Boggle, Sequence Letters, and Scattergories. These games are sure to help your child discover that learning can be fun and are perfect ways to make memories during winter break!
Another winter break reading activity that can help your child with literacy is writing letters. You can have them hand-write thank you notes to relatives and friends for any gifts they may have received during the holidays, write a letter to Santa, or write a blurb for your family’s holiday card “year in review.” If they’re feeling especially creative, consider suggesting they draw a design on the letter or card to make this learning activity even more fun!
Including your child in holiday cooking and baking is another way to help improve your child’s reading skills over the winter break. Depending on your child’s age, interest, and skill level, ask them to read recipes out loud as you complete each step, or invite them to read and cook under your supervision at the same time. Teach them any words they don’t recognize – all while they learn new recipes and develop new skills they can use for years to come.
Consider introducing your child to a new literacy-centric hobby like journaling. With the end of the calendar year upon us, the close of the fall semester, and the exciting holiday season to enjoy, this time of year brings plenty of opportunities for reflection and appreciation. Here are ten topic ideas to get the pen or pencil flowing:
Katy Moore, M.Ed.
Katy Moore, M.Ed.