During my time as a first-grade teacher with my Reading Specialist master’s degree, it was my goal to make reading fun for children because I knew if I could do that, I would be giving them one of the greatest gifts I could give anyone. When children love to read, they perform better academically. Here is a list of four ways to make reading fun for your children.
1. Tent Reading
Drape a large blanket over some pillows or the couch to make a quick tent. Who doesn’t love a good fort?
Depending on the age of your child, you can incorporate drawing in different ways. For a young child, you can read a story with them and then have them draw their favorite part of the story. For an older child, you can stop in the middle of a story, and ask the child to draw a picture of what they think will happen next.
3. Books Online
Search for your child’s favorite stories online. There are several websites and YouTube videos that have videos of books being read aloud. This is a great way to mix things up. I always suggest previewing the content and sitting next to your child when watching videos online.
4. Play Dough Fun
For younger children, you can select a sight word and have your child practice reading the word and then make the letters out of play dough. This will make it easier for them to identify common words as they are reading. For older children, they can create the setting, characters, or a face with the feelings of the character from a part of the book they are reading out of play dough.