Learning Joy Resources
Good News just 10 to 15 minutes a day of reading activities
can really help children.
There are even activities you can do while you cook or drive or
clean house that can improve children’s reading skills by
improving phonemic awareness. Below is a short list of
activities and scroll down to check out the resource list.
Phonemic awareness activities
Talk about words – ask questions that are suitable for your
child’s reading level. Make it a game.
Examples of questions to ask:
What is the beginning sound of cat? (use words suitable for
your child’s skill level ask for the sounds not the letters) What
is the ending sound? Middle sound?
Beginning and ending sounds are easier to recognize than
middle sounds. Words that start with blends (ch, sh, spr are
more difficult). Learning to recognize sounds in words is a
necessary and sometimes difficult step in learning to read.
Ask you child to look at a book or magazine and find words
that begin or end with a certain letter or blend or have a
certain vowel or vowel combination (ex. words with a silent e
on the end or words with ai like in rain or ow like in mow). Try
to relate this activity to what they are working on in school.
While shopping, driving or at home ask children to find or
point out objects with names that rhyme, or have names that
begin or end with a letter or sound that your choose.

Play with words ask what word will I have if I take the d off of
date (ate) or add a h to ate? (hate) What word will I have if I
change the s in sat for the letter m? (mat). Use the letter
sounds rather than the letter names when asking these
questions.
Make up rhymes. Ask does bat
rhyme with cat? (yes) Does pig
rhyme with cat?(no) Practice with
rhymes helps teach awareness of
word sounds which is necessary for
learning to read.
Most important do find some time to read to your child and encourage your child to read to
you. Be patient and encouraging (no matter how slowly the child reads). It can be helpful for
your child to read the same story over, even many times to develop fluency. Children often like
to reread stories. Make reading time fun don’t use it as punishment. Learning to read is a
complex task for many it is very difficult, but there is help available.