How to help children practice their reading and writing
If your child doesn’t want to read at home you are definitely not alone. Ideas to make reading and writing fun for kids!
Write a journal: Encourage your kid to write a journal about their own experience during the lockdown. Their writing level isn’t an issue, even if they can only write a few words because you can also include photos, drawings and anything else you’d like.
Make a comic book: Does your child love drawing? They’ll love this activity. They’ll need to write an introduction to the story and dialogue between the characters. This will help them come up with a story in their head and practice their writing skills.
Go to your local library.
Play spelling games: Spell words with chalk in the garden or any outside space; bounce a ball around letters written with chalk on the floor; spell words with your fingers on a baking tray filled with flour… the options are endless.
Play Story Box: We got this game as a hand-me-down from a friend who’s an English teacher and we LOVE it. Although your kids won’t be writing the story, the thinking process will definitely be there. They’ll have to follow and understand the story to come up with the next line.
Take turns to read: Do you have a reluctant reader at home? Make a deal with them. You read one page and they’ll need to read the next. Make sure you use lots of funny voices and theatrical movements. You want to make them laugh and get them excited to read with you.
Lead by example: There’s no doubt kids learn from our own behaviour. Get some yummy treats ready and get cosy under a blanket with a good book in hand. Encourage your child to join you with their own book. It may not last long the first few times but it’ll take the ‘chore’ element out of reading. It’s supposed to be fun!
Download e-books and audiobooks: The use of technology will carry some novelty – at least for a while. You’ll also have more choices. And audiobooks still train the brain to follow and understand a story.