Did you know that there is something you can do in a matter of minutes, using objects found right in your home, that will help your child learn to read and add an element of fun to it as well?
Make a reading wand and point to the words as you’re reading!Book: “Snowmen All Year” by Caralyn Buehner; Supplies for reading wand (fuzzy sticks, pompoms and googly eyes) courtesy of CraftProjectIdeas.com
- Occasionally using a reading pointer while reading aloud to your children will help your littlest understand that print is read from left to right.
- It can help those familiar with print be able to track the words as you read them or follow along with a book on CD.
- It helps beginning readers focus on each printed word as they read, reducing tracking errors and thus aiding in comprehension.
There are so many simple things that can be used as reading pointers:
- bubble wands
- fun shaped pencil erasers
- fancy drink stirrer sticks
- pipe cleaners twisted into fun shapes
- craft sticks decorated with almost anything: pompoms, foam shapes, stickers, wiggly eyes, jewels, buttons
- or dip a craft stick in glue and coat it with glitter
The possibilities are endless! And it’s simple enough that you can easily make a variety to keep on hand! We think it’s especially fun when our wand happens to fit the subject of the book we’re reading!Book: “Ruby in Her Own Time” by Jonathan Emmett
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark. ~ Victor Hugo
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