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Here are some ideas that you can use whenever you have a few spare minutes (e.g. waiting in line, waiting for an appointment, riding in the car) to develop your child’s reading ability.

Find the letters of the alphabet as you shop in the grocery store.

Play “I Spy” for letters using billboards, signs etc., I spy an “a”.

Find objects that begin with each letter of the alphabet.

Think of as many items as possible that begin with a certain letter.

Find a magazine picture and ask your child to tell a short story about it.

Practice rhyming words (e.g. sat, rat, cat, chat).

Work on synonyms (e.g. fast/rapid, small/tiny).

Work on antonyms (e.g. tall/short, up/down).

Have your child spell some of the items you could buy at a grocery store.

Practice short vowel sounds (e.g. mop, pen, milk).

Practice long vowel sounds (e.g. meat, eraser, steak).

Practice contractions (e.g. cannot-can’t, will not-won’t, I will-I’ll). Practice syllabication. You say a word then have your child say the number of syllables in that word (e.g. donut-2).

Play “I Spy” for objects that begin with specific sounds or letters (e.g. something beginning with /d/ – dog).

Find the letters of the alphabet in the specific shapes of ordinary things (e.g. on a handrail).

Practice listening comprehension by describing an object for your child to guess what it is.

Use the letters of the alphabet and play “I’m packing my bag” (e.g.”I’m packing an ‘apple’ in my bag”. “I’m packing a ‘ball’ in my bag”.).

Take a common word and see how many different sentences your child can make using this word (adding suffixes is acceptable).

Think of a category and then have your child think of as many items as possible that would fit in the category (e.g. animals, fruits, games, zoo animals).

Plan a dinner and see how many items you would have at your dinner that begin with a certain letter (e.g. “L”: lettuce, lasagna, limes, lemonade, lamb, licorice, lobster, lollipops).

Play “odd one out”: think of three items (two belong together, the other is odd one out). Your child needs to say which one is odd one out and why (e.g. banana, desk, orange, “desk” because it is not a fruit; four, one, book, “book” because it is not a number).

FROM: Reading on the Go http://readingplace.org/articles/?p=34


Arthur: Story Writing with Arthur (Grades 1-3)


PBSKids site for teachers and parent that includes a wide variety of storytelling, writing, and reading activities all based on the Arthur series. Fun!


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Our mission in the Eastridge Library Media Center is a collaborative effort to teach our students the skills necessary to find, evaluate and utilize information, foster a love of reading and encourage imaginative thinking.