Some children love to read while others want nothing to do with it. There are several reasons for this. But, if you make learning to read fun, you’ll have a much easier time helping your child become a lifelong reader.
This goes beyond their formative years. Below are five great reading fluency games for all young learners to enjoy.
The Concentration Game
Concentration is a fun reading game. Grab a book your child is currently reading and choose up to ten words. Make index cards with each word printed in bold.
There should be two cards for each word. If your child can write the words, have them help you.
Shuffle the cards. Put them face down in front of you. Each person turns up two cards at a time. Take turns doing this. Read the words that are uncovered out loud.
If the two cards are matching that player gets to keep the cards. If not, they are put back in the pile. If your child is having a problem recognizing any word say it out loud until they get it right. The player with the most matching pairs wins.
This game can be played at all stages of reading development.
Old maid is a classic. It’s a really fun game for young kids. To begin the game, pick three words for each player from a book with the appropriate reading level.
Print these words on index cards with a pair for each. Choose a word that doesn’t have a matching pair and print that on a card.
Shuffle the cards and deal out six for each player. Each player then draws a card from the person to their left. If a player draws a match from their hand they say the word.
If they say it correctly they keep the pair of cards. Once all the cards are matched, the game ends and whoever holds the odd card out wins the game.
*If your child is older or more advanced you can use contractions or homonyms.
Rhyming Games are a great tool for reading fluency. Recite your child a poem such as the Miss Mary Mack song: Mack, black, back.
Pick some other words that rhyme like bat, hat, sat. Write them down and have the child try and make a rhyme starting with those.
Write 20 pairs of words on index cards. Shuffle, then deal three or five cards. Each player asks the other if they have a card that matches one in their hand.
If there isn’t a match the player says “go fish” and the other player draws a card from the deck
If there is a match the player puts the cards down. The games continue until all the cards are used.
Say and Stomp
Say and Stomp is a super fun game for reading fluency. Write letters on styrofoam cups. Each player says the letter sound and stomps on the cup. Kids love this game.
Reading Fluency Games
These are five simple and very fun reading fluency games for young learners. If you engage your child, with reading activities that are enjoyable, they’ll grow to love reading and it will help them in their later years both in school and the real world.
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