Activities to Improve Reading Skills
Reading Activities for Kids
When kids struggle with reading, it affects all aspects of their lives. From all subjects in school to reading signs as they ride their bikes, reading is all around us. Every child can use some improvement in reading skills to help them throughout everything they do.
It's important that the people around them show an interest in making reading fun. Reading doesn't have to be all about textbooks and required reading...in fact, it shouldn't be! Here are some interesting activities to improve reading skills and make reading exciting and fun.
Reading and Storytelling Game
The most important way to help kids read is to make reading fun. The people who become lifelong readers are those that enjoy it. One way to help kids enjoy reading is to play reading and writing games.
It is important to balance reading and writing games so that children who do not enjoy reading from the beginning can learn to love it through its relationship with writing.
One of my favorite games involves Rory's Story Cubes. These cubes can be used any number of ways to play reading and writing games. The set consists of a group of dice that have images on all sides. The primary objective is to roll one or more of the dice and make the image(s) your inspiration to tell or write a story. The original set contains mostly images of items, but there are additional sets of action cubes that show images of actions. You can also play this game without the dice by writing words or images on pieces of paper and drawing them out of a hat. Regardless of the method, encouraging writing and telling stories leads to enjoying reading.
Another fun game is to guess the next thing that will happen in a book. Read a chapter book together and, before starting a new chapter, make predictions about what you think will happen next. Then, read the chapter and see who was closest to the story! For younger children, you can read a few pages of a book and then guess what will happen on the next page.
You can also create your own story by combining funny sentences. Write down some silly sentences in pieces of paper - the funnier the better! Then tell a story aloud and after every few sentences the storyteller has to draw a funny sentence out of a box. The funny sentence has to be the next sentence in the story. Not only does this practice reading, but it also practices creativity by requiring the children to incorporate the sentence into the story!
Rory's Story Cubes Demo
Children can continue to improve their reading skills by practicing...but the practice doesn't have to be boring! Here are some ideas for improving reading through practice:
- Read signs along the road as you travel or take walks.
- Read menus and have the children pick out what they want to order from the menu.
- Read instructions to games (board games or online games) and teach others how to play.
- Visit web sites for their favorite television show, movie, or musician, and read the site.
- Check out books from the library that are about their favorite topics. Books about sports figures, games, or holidays are good examples. There's no need to stick with "educational" books!
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