You Can Teach Kids Reading by Playing
Tutoring made me experience how to handle kids with different personalities and learning patterns. Tutoring also helped me to be creative and do research more. I was able to also apply all the things I learned from Ren’s Occupational Therapist and teachers through tutoring.
The only thing that I think is common to all my students is that they all want to play!
So, to make playing productive, I decided to incorporate reading with it. Here are some of the games I played with my students.
If you have some used cups, then recycle it and do this game. Get a piece of paper and write some CVC words (Consonant Vowel Consonant) on it. Paste in on the cups. Then get any small toys or candies that you can use. Let the kid cover her eyes while you are putting the item to find inside one of the cup. Then, ask her to guess where did you put it. The rule of the game is that she is not allowed to touch nor point the word. She needs to tell the word on the cup that she thinks the item is in. This will encourage them to speak the words.
Continuously change the words when she is familiar with it.
I used some Popsicle sticks to do this game. I wrote some Sight words on it. I read the words first about 3 times and then turned it around and scrambled it while the kid is covering her eyes. After that, I asked her to choose one Popsicle and turn it around. She need to read the word aloud before choosing another one to open. I usually add a new pair of words per session to make it more interesting and harder.
You can create your own cards by using a cartolina or even a scratch paper, put 24 different words on each of the square on the card. Then get another blank paper, cut it into small squares and write all the words that you used in the BINGO card (24 different words) then roll it and put it in a container. The rule of the game is that the kid should color or put a mark on the word that you have picked from the container and will say it out loud. This will practice their auditory and reading skills. This game is more fun if there are two or more kids in the area, because it is quite boring if there is only one playing it.
These are just a few of the fun activities that I did with my students.
Try it with your little ones and tell me if they like it also 🙂