Reading leads to wonderful worlds of mystery, fantasy and knowledge.
I’m an avid reader and I have a tendency to lose myself in a book for hours at a time and then I wonder why all the chores are still not done (where are the birds and squirrels to get housework done when you need them?)
So when my daughter first came to me carrying the biggest book of nursery rhymes, I was the happiest mummy on the block.
There have been times when I felt like all this love of books was getting out of hand. Once you learn ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by heart because of all the repetition, you start to wonder.
But, when bedtime rolls around and I’m bombarded with insistent repetitions of ‘Again Mama’, there is nothing more rewarding than seeing her learn and enjoy books.
Well there is always a good night’s sleep (for once) which would be very very rewarding!
Once your child has developed an interest in books and print, the next step would be to teach them the basic reading skills in order for them to become more independent readers.
And here are 7 fun preschool reading activities which will definitely be on our to-do list in the coming months.
1. Scrabble those letters
Scrabble nights at our house can turn ugly, mainly because I am super competitive. And the apple does not seem to have fallen very far away from the tree.
Like mother, like daughter!
Every so often we get Scrabble and use the letter tiles to make words. I write simple, 3 or 4 letter words on squared paper. Each letter is in a square the same size as the Scrabble pieces.
Then I let her hunt for the letters and match them up. This way she is quiet for some time while I plan the strategy for the next Scrabble night.
2. Rhyme time
Rhyming is a good way
to learn to read – Hurray!
So here is what to get,
then you’re ready and all set.
Get a big picture of a star,
and small ones of a bag, a horse and a car.
Which one rhymes you’ll ask,
and that would be your little one’s task.
This will be learning and fun time,
they’ll learn to read and find the rhyme.
Repeat over and over again,
until all this is clear and plain.
3. These words start with…
When you’re in a mood to clean up, this is the activity for you. I do this activity quite often (not because I love cleaning but because the house is always in a tumble anyway).
Pick a letter, any letter, and ask your child to find all the things whose name starts with that letter. My husband had a good time being placed in the D section of our living room.
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4. Spot the letter
Have you ever heard perfect silence around the house when you have little ones playing? When this happens to me I’m usually torn between enjoying it while it lasts or worrying about what might be getting broken, painted on or getting a pre-schooler make-over.
Quiet around our household almost always means one thing.
So to keep my little one quiet and occupied and the rest of the house safe from tiny fingers, I get her to hunt for letters.
Choose a letter and a book and let them try to find the same letter in different words in the book. We then read them together and after the first few I have to read the whole book.
This in itself is also a very good preschool reading activity.
5. Muffin tin word match
At some point in time our activities move into the kitchen because half my time is spent there cooking or baking or cleaning up after activities. If you ask my husband, he’ll definitely deny all three of these ever happening in the kitchen.
So for activities in the kitchen, we need kitchen supplies. Not to worry, out come the muffin tins.
I place a number of small items of different colours or animals, one in each muffin cup. I give my little one the words corresponding to the items, each written on a separate piece of paper, and watch her try to figure out which goes where.
This is also one of the few activities which does not result in excessive mess.
6. In search of letters around us
This is a super super activity to do in the car. Sitting quietly in the car is such a rare occasion, it’s almost an extinct activity.
Add traffic stress and my chronic lateness to anywhere we go and it’s a recipe for disaster. This activity keeps both me and my daughter sane.
It’s simple really – look at objects and try to find hidden letters in each case. The gear lever looks like an L, the back of the seat looks like a D and we keep going on.
7. Read, read, read
Last but definitely not least, read to your children.
We read in the morning, before bedtime, while I’m on the toilet, during bath time and any other time my daughter feels like it.
I can now recite more than enough books from memory to last me a lifetime. I like to choose books with rhymes, frequent repetitions and fun stories.
I also get my little one to read the high frequency or repeated words so she gets used to them. This has proved one of the most effective activities so far.
Reading opens up doors to castles, caves, underwater wonderlands and so much more. These fun preschool reading activities are just the key to a never ending list of worlds for kids to immerse themselves in.