7 Ingenious Ways To Encourage Your Child To Read

Want to help your kids learn? Whether they attend public school, private school, or are homeschooled, you can use these tips.

This list is by no means exhaustive, but it shows that many everyday activities can be used as learning opportunities. They won’t even know they’re learning, they will just learn. Get creative, use your imagination, and have fun!

1. WORD SEARCH
* Get a pad and pen and ask your kids to tell you every word they know that relates to a theme. The theme could be Animals, Shopping, Pets, Clothing, Food, Summer, and so on. Write down the words they tell you. If you have a child old enough to write, let that child do the writing. Then, take the list and go to http://www.puzzle-maker.com/WS/ and make a word search puzzle out of it. Let them look at your list and find the words in the word search.

2. BINGO
* If you’re going somewhere (park, zoo, museum, shopping, visiting, etc) come up with words you’ll encounter and go to this website to make Bingo cards. http://www.dltk-cards.com/bingo/

Give them the cards and markers and tell them to circle the word on their Bingo card when they see it.

3. SHOPPING
* When shopping, have them help you find items by looking for them on the shelves.
* Let them go through the supermarket circular with you and point out what you buy. They’ll recognize it by the picture, and then they’ll read the word.

4. SCRABBLE
* Get out your Scrabble tiles and make words. Lots of them. Do it often.

5. MAKING WORDS
* Write down a really long word and have them see what smaller words they can make using the letters in the long word.

6. READ EVERYTHING

* Read street signs, store signs, book titles, just keep on reading.

7. Talk, talk, talk to your kids. They are sponges and they are learning every second of the day. Also, be patient. Don’t be tempted to help them with the answers if they’re not getting it fast enough for you. Most of all, have fun with them!

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