My absolute favorite part of teaching was helping children learn to read. Reading is such an important tool that kids will use to access success and explore the world for the rest of their entire lives! It is so important that we, as parents, be the first teacher in our child’s life and we work to guide them in developing a love for reading from the beginning. One way that we can do this is through giving our little ones fun activities that will develop their literacy skills.
Here I’ve compiled a list that I, as an Elementary Education graduate and mother of a future reader, have compiled to help you begin to foster a love of reading and literacy in your own home!
1. Apple Tree Letter Match
When children are first learning to visually distinguish letters from one another, lower case letters can be tricky! They often look the same to a child, so playing matching games with upper and lower case letters can be beneficial in helping that visual distinction between letters. With this Apple Tree letter match template, you can lead a variety of matching activities with your child. For example, you can hold up the lower case “m” and say, “I spy the lowercase m, can you find the uppercase M where it fell off the tree?”
2. Cotton Swab Letter Painting
Good teachers know that the more ways you can introduce letter-writing to children, the better. Before writing letters with pen and pencil, children can write letters in sand, with playdough, or even with pipe cleaners! This helps children with different learning styles practice writing letters in a way that sticks out in their minds! This cotton swab activity is perfect for preschool aged kiddos who love to paint and be creative!
3. Touch and Feel Letter Cards
Perfect for the hands on learner, these cards from Teach Me Mommy are wonderful for teaching letter formation and practicing spelling words!
4. Learn Your Letters Bingo Game
This is great for the child who loves a little competition! Letter learning meets a challenge with this fun DIY Bingo game.
5. Road Letters
My three little brothers adored matchbox cars. They drove them over everything- whether it was the floor or the refrigerator or my dad’s back. The world was a roadway for their cars as they played. When I started teaching my youngest brother to write letters as a toddler, I decided to use car language while discussing letter parts. For example, when teaching the letter D I would say, “Drive up the straight road, then take a curvy road back to the beginning.” Of course I was writing the letters as I spoke so that he would understand, and it was quite successful, but I always wondered if using actual matchbox cars instead of a pencil would be more effective. With this template, you can turn letters into roadways for your child, so he can play and learn how to form his letters all at the same time!
What are your favorite ways to introduce reading and literacy skills to your children or students? Leave us a comment and share! We would love to know!