Help your child build reading skills with these activities, games, and ideas.
DirectionsThe following ideas are adapted from the U.S. Department of Education booklet Helping Your Child Become a Reader.
Point out letters and challenge your child to find and name specific letters in signs, billboards, posters, product packaging, books, and magazines.
On each page of a blank notebook or scrapbook, have your child draw or glue a picture representing one letter of the alphabet. Help him label each picture with the appropriate letter.
Let your child decorate a box or shelf to hold his books. Help him arrange his books in any order he likes.
Ask your child to act out a line or two of his favorite poem, rhyme, or song.
Make a travel journal with your child. Each evening, write in a blank notebook or scrapbook about the day's special event. Later, glue in photos.
Hang a message board in your kitchen. Leave simple notes there for your child and encourage him to leave notes there, too.