This is another "as simple as it gets" reading activity. It is very popular with my K-3 students. All you need are some Duplo blocks, a sharpie marker, and a die. My four kids are all grown, but I still have some favorite toys including Duplo and Lego blocks. I put them out for siblings to play… Continue reading Reading Towers
I've made a lot of reading games over the years, and for the most part, my students love them. But by far, the most popular games are the ones the students create themselves. This is always a hit. I try to add game making to at least one class with most students and groups I… Continue reading Kid Designed Reading Games
One of the favorite activities in my pre-k literacy groups is the "feely box." It is so simple but my students ask for it again and again. They get excited every single time I take this can out. My mom was a preschool teacher when I was growing up and she played this game with her… Continue reading Letter Guessing Game
Guess and Go Do you have a student that is fond of the guess and go method of reading? I know I see it often in my students. They glance at the first letter of a word and blurt out a word that starts with that sound. This activity is great for helping to break… Continue reading Breaking the Guess and Go Habit
Rhyming Rhyming is an early pre-reading skill. Some children pick it up quickly, others struggle. There is some research suggesting that ability to rhyme can be a predictor of future reading success. Rhyming is fun. It can be silly, and most preschoolers love to play with sounds and words in this way. I begin all of… Continue reading My Favorite Rhyming Picture Books
A fun no prep activity Draw a ladder. We like to make a big one on a large white board, but paper works just as well. If you only have a few minutes just make 6-7 rungs. If you have more time make it larger. Write a word on the bottom rung. Each player takes a… Continue reading Word Ladders
I have sit. Who has pan? I have . . . Who has. . . games are a fun way to practice many skills. I like to use them for letters/sounds, words, and even phrases. The game can be used with an entire class, a small group or even in individual tutoring. This sort of game makes a great… Continue reading I Have. . . Who Has. . .