"Mrs. McCarthy," said one of my students, "I'd like to read...I just don't know where to start!" Young students often don't understand the left-to-right progression needed for reading. Here are three simple activities to help your child practice and develop good reading habits.
- As you read a story to your child, move your index finger in a left-to-right sweep, under the words you are saying.This helps her identify words and understand the natural left-to-right progression necessary for reading.
- As your child reads a story, let him hold a small index card under the line being read.This helps to keep his eyes focused on the specific sentence and words he is reading.
- After you have finished reading a story, go back and find one line from the story that you both liked.Let your child use their finger to play a “mystery hunt” game with that particular line. Start at the left. Ask your child to find all the words in that line that start with “b,” for example. Say the words as she finds them. Go back to the beginning of the line then ask her to find all the words that end with “t.” Continue with other variations, or different lines from the story. This activity reinforces the visual/sound connection.