I have had a few emails this week about the challenge of motivating children to read. I understand and I feel for you! Try not to stress too much about it, doing a little bit each day will have a great benefit.
This week I would like you to try and play some reading games with your children to see if you can motivate them to read without them sitting down with a book.
These are all games that we play in phonics and the children thoroughly enjoy them. They can all be adapted to the level of your child and you can even add themes if that would help. For example, if your child loves Paw Patrol, try adding a few pictures around the word games or even having a character holding some of the words. It sounds really silly but little things like that really motivate young children.
Try to have fun with these games, involve siblings and parents and remember to send some photos too!
A few more ideas that the children love in class:
*The Ghost bag:
Make up some word cards and put them in a bag, put in a few extra cards with a picture of a ghost on. The children take it in turns to pull out and read a word. If they pull out a ghost card, you all shout 'boo!' and all the cards go back in for the game to continue. We sometimes make the ghost a winner and sometimes the loser.
*A Word Hunt
Hide word cards around your house, child's bedroom or garden and go on a hunt together. As they collect the words, they have to read them. This can be adapted in so many ways and you can motivate them by saying their favourite toy or Spiderman etc has hidden some words and needs their help to gather them all together. Again, it sounds silly but if it motivates them to play the game and to read then why not?
For this you will need two word cards for each word you are playing with. We normally wouldn't play with more than around 16 cards (so 8 words). Lay the cards faced down and take it in turns to select a card, turn it over and read it. Try to find the matching card. If successful, you keep the pair, if not both cards are put back faced down. The person at the end with the most cards is the winner.
We sometimes adapt this so that we play snap instead of pairs - you may need to use a few more words for snap though.
All of these games can be adapted to be just sounds or sentences depending on the level of your child.
This week we will be looking at making simple patterns. In class, we normally start by showing a pattern and asking the children to describe what they are seeing. Ask them, what do you think would come next? Explaining what a pattern is etc.
Then we would ask them to complete some patterns before challenging them to...
Create your own simple pattern using whatever you like!
You could use natural items from your garden (twig, leaf, twig, leaf) or items from the kitchen (spoon, spoon, knife, fork, spoon, spoon, knife, fork) for example. Your pattern could be colour, shape, animal etc.
See the photos below for further guidance from White Rose.