Does your child struggle with reading? We have great games and tips that can help create a stronger, more confident reader. Click on the links below for great tips, games, and printables!
Ladder Exercise Vowels are the most common reading errors with children learning phonics rules. In this activity, you can work your way up the ladder as you learn short vowels, vowel combinations, and digraphs. Visualizing Sight Words Does your child have difficulties remembering spelling words, especially those that don’t follow a rule? This is a great process to use to help your child to convert the spelling to long-term memory. Around the World Are there words that your child misses consistently when reading? Write these words on a notecard and play this game. B/D Syllable Exercise Does your child mix up /b/ and /d/ while reading? This is an effective activity to practice differentiating the letters and their sounds.
Reading Aloud Tips
Use lots of expression!!! Slow down, get into the character of the book. Read with lots of inflection and emotion. Keep it smooth. Relax and look at each word focusing on reading with grace. Think like a dancer. You don’t want to start and stop frequently. Keep it steady and smooth. Break for periods and commas. Be aware of the breaks like commas and periods. It can make a big difference in how the listeners (and you) interpret what you are reading. Keep your words strong. Don’t mumble. You sound so much more confident when your words are strong and clear. Volunteer to read in class. The only way to overcome nervousness or fears of reading in front of people is to make yourself do it over and over again. Remember, no one is paying attention to mistakes you make. They only pay attention to the mistakes they are making while they read. Remember when I read to you and made 4 mistakes? I asked you how many mistakes I made and you said “none.” Others don’t recognize mistakes that the reader is making as much as the reader recognizes it.
Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center has locations in the Iowa City, IA area and Des Moines, IA area. We provide individual speech-language therapy and tutoring as well as offering small group academic programs. At Enrichment Therapy & Learning Center our passion is to help kids achieve effective communication skills and gain academic success. Contact us for more information on how we can help your child succeed.
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