Reading is a fundamental skill that has to be learnt with repetitive practice. There are a few core skills that young children need to master as they begin to learn to read. The stronger the base, the easier it is to build more complex reading skills upon it. Important skills that young children should know are phonemic awareness, vocabulary, sight words, phonics and letter recognition. Making the process fun and less of a chore makes it easier for kids to absorb what they learn. Online reading games can be coupled with other games to bring variety to the table.
Reading Games for Kids
Children learning the alphabet can be taught to recognize the lower and upper case letters with a little game. Draw a square grid and write the alphabet in lower case in each box. On a Post It, write an upper case letter and stick it on a toy car. Ask kids to park the car in the box which has the corresponding lower case alphabet.
Kids can also listen and trace upper and lower case letters with the app Letter Lab.
Corinne Jacob is a wannabe writer who is convinced that kids learn best when they’re having fun. She is constantly on the lookout for new and exciting ways to make learning an enjoyable experience. Corinne loves all things that scream out un-schooling, alternative education and holistic learning. You can find Corinne at her blog, Alternate Tutelage.
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Madreen Karle is a master first grade reading teacher with over 30 years of classroom experience. She taught reading in a special needs and English as a Second Language classroom. After retiring she wrote a reading program to help others learn how to teach reading. She is a trusted educator and author of 5 books to help teach children to read and write. In addition to her books, she is a mentor for 3 websites that give reading teacher tips (Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading, Mrs. Karle’s Reading Patch, and Mrs. Karle’s Handwriting Patch). Through her teaching she learned that confidence was the key to learning to read. A child who is not confident at reading does not like to read and struggles to read. Mrs. Karle created “sunshine moments” to help teach children how to grow their confidence and learn to read.
Meeghan Karle Mousaw (Madreen’s daughter) has her Master’s in Special Education. She has 8 years experience teaching children to read online. In addition, she developed a curriculum to teach children handwriting called The Handwriting Patch. With the Handwriting Patch learning is fun because children learn to draw and learn handwriting at the same time. In 2019 The Handwriting Patch curriculum became an amazon best seller the first year it was released, helping thousands of kids learn handwriting with a unique, fun method. She is mom to 6 kids, each with differently learning abilities and struggles.
The Reading Patch was established by the creators of Mrs. Karle’s Sight and Sound Reading. Together they have been featured on the NBC media outlets and Parents Magazine online. Over the last 8 years in their online platform, Madreen and Meeghan have worked tirelessly with teachers, homeschoolers and parents looking to help children learn to read to become a trusted authority in teaching children to read and advocating early literacy skills. They often partner with other educational experts to deliver the most current information to the Reading Patch community.