3. Dinnertime Story Time
Make every meal into a reading lesson! Hold up an item or ingredient before you add it to the recipe and have your child spell the name of it. Let her decide on dinner once a night, but only if she can read a certain number of words from the recipe.
4. Song and Dance
You read your child’s favorite stories over and over to the point you memorize the words and sometimes you can’t even get them out of your head. Create a song and dance for the more difficult words in the story and spell them out in rhythm! You’ll both have an excellent time spinning around the living room or out on the grass and, when she starts singing that song in the middle of the supermarket, you won’t be so tired of it as you realize that it’s helping her learn.
5. Family Names
Have your child read her parents’ names or family names on cards, envelopes, and even on social media pages. Spell them out and sound them out with her as she is learning. With this activity, you can also teach your child to spell her own name and address, which can come in very handy.
This is Just the Beginning!
Using these activities, don’t be shy about coming up with your own variants. Cater them to her interests and favorites so that she will really want to do each activity instead of feeling like it’s some sort of chore. Next time she wants to read a story for bedtime, tell her to read one for you!