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Four Games that Teach Reading
I don’t know about you, but teaching my children to read is the most harrowing thing about homeschooling. I will openly admit that I have no idea how to teach someone how to read, yet, five of my six are active readers (the sixth kid is still a toddler!) One of our favorite tools for teaching a child how to read are, you guess it, GAMES! Games that teach reading are plentiful so I’ve narrowed down a list of four to start with.
is a game that my son really enjoyed when he was learning how to read. There are two Pop for Sight Words games available, the second game focusing on words that take greater reading skill. Not only are these games fun and easy-to-play, they’re on the less expensive side
READING COMPREHENSION CUBES
Once a person learns how to read the key is to switch from decoding to comprehension. If someone doesn’t understand or remember what they read, why read? These Reading Comprehension Cubes are really cool, and they’re great for beginning to moderate readers, they even word with picture books and read-alouds.
It’s no secret that I am a long-time fan of Didax’s Chunks game, and Chunk Stacker is the next level game. Whereas Chunks teaches how to blend sounds to make words, Stacker adds a little competition by having you make new words from old words. It’s a lot of fun for kids young and old, no matter how advanced your reading skills are.
Boogle is my favorite word game in the entire world. I never lose. Ever. Boogle Junior is an exceptional game for learning how to read because instead of finding words you already know, your child is challenged to find predetermined words from a set of cards. It’s a great game for the kid who has a good grasp of phonics and is ready for sight words.
If you’re interested in making your own games that will teach your children the skills they need to become good readers, you’ll want to check out the book Games for Reading by Peggy Kaye. I bought my first copy of this book back in the 90s, we used it so much I had to buy another copy a decade later. Seriously, this book should be on every baby registry list!
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Meg Grooms (she/her) is a decades-long secular homeschooler, mother of many, writer, Florida ex-pat, and all-around swell gal. Meg & her partner have raised their kids all over the USA, finally settling on Southern California. For now, anyhow.
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