Guided Reading Activities to Reinforce Children Interest in Books
Interactive and guided reading activities with parent’s involvement can help our kids to form reading habit and interest in books.
Parent’s participation and involvement in any of our kids’ activities send a strong positive signal to kids that we are interested in what they are doing. Kids are highly motivated when they know that we are giving them the necessary attention.
Doing interactive reading activities with kids helps to strengthen the bond between parents and kids as both build the interest on books together. It also provides an opportunity for us to engage in our kids learning process.
In fact, we cannot just rely on school to teach our kids reading and expect our kids will form good reading habit. A habit is form once it is done regularly and it is fun for the kid to continue doing it.
Guided reading activities should supplement classroom activities and we can do them at home easily. What I am about to share are guided reading activities that are appropriate for kids who are already able to do some reading themselves. Reinforcement of literacy activities helps children to form reading as a habit and the love of books. These guided reading activities can also be done during school holidays to keep them occupy.
Family Reading Time
Spending time reading on a daily basis is important to cultivate the habit of reading. Guided reading activities such as doing reading as a family reinforce the importance of reading to a child. Children pick up what the adults do. Set a reading example to them.
- Starts with Daily Newspapers
My family has already formed some daily reading habit - reading newspaper every morning over and after breakfast time.
It begins when the kids watch both the mother and father buried their heads over the newspaper every day. Soon, the kids follow what we do. They started with the comic section and scanning through the pictures.
Then they proceed to read the headlines of some news or caption on the pictures. Very often, they will ask what are the pictures, captions or headlines all about. I try to encourage them to read through to understand before explaining to them. The progression of reading, asking and discussing news occurs naturally, as the reading habit is formed. This reading activity helps awaken their curiosity and widen their knowledge.
- _Continue with Bed Time Story
Most parents read to their children when they are preschoolers. We should continue with bedtime reading or story and make it as part of bedtime ritual.
Ensure there are plenty of reading materials available. Everyone will pick out something to read. Sometimes, they may pick materials or books that are easier than their level. Do not be concerned about it. Practice with easy books such as comics will still help to improve their fluency. Flow with their interest. Read for fifteen minutes to half an hour before switching off the light for bedtime.
My kids treasure our bedtime reading and had such sweet memories of it. Sometimes they still request me to read bedtime story to them. They simply want to recapture the loving moment of a mother reading to them when they were preschoolers.
- _Tips for Bedtime Story
For parents who are still reading to your kids every night, here are some handy tips for you. There are nights when you may be too tiring to read a bedtime story book at the end of a busy day. You may want to
Introduce and Make a Bookmark
Introduce bookmark to your child. Explain to them what a bookmark does. Use some colorful papers and start designing them.
My kids were so fascinated of bookmarks that before long, I start seeing them creating bookmarks for themselves; even turning garments' price tag into creative beautiful bookmarks. Until this day, this is one of their favorite guided reading activities as they are still making creative bookmarks.
Build Your Own Home Library
I am sure by now you would have many books. With all the books, magazines and articles you collected together with your kids, you can build a library at home.
If you do not have a cupboard, try settling for shelves or even boxes to hold the collection of reading materials. I have boxes in the bedroom and cupboards in the study room, which I have turned them into mini libraries. Do ensure the place chosen to store the books is accessible to the children. Make sure the bookshelves are not too high.
Build the library together with the kids. Teach them to index the books and arrange them accordingly. Do remember to teach them the habit of returning books to its location after reading.
Make a Date with the Kids to Visit Bookstores/Libraries
Visiting bookstores has been our outing every school holidays. It is one of our families reading time. We take them to the bookstore and spend time browsing books. This is also a good time to replenish new books for our home library. Let the kids choose the books they want to buy.
Select books and reading materials together can serve as an exciting outing to most kids. Our involvement in choosing the books together give them a sense of importance and the much attention they liked.
Take the opportunity to find books both of you love to read. As an adult, you will know the appropriate level book for your young child to keep the interest going. You can also introduce magazines and appropriate comics for varieties.
You may want to seek recommended books from librarian, friends, other parents or newspaper reviews. This will serve to have a consistent list of interesting books for both of you to select. This simple activity can help to shape your young child’s first impression of the world of reading.
Make a Scrap Book
Turn your child's writing or collection of events into a homemade book. The effect will be powerful...every child feel proud about his own creation.
It is easy to make a simple scrapbook. Depending on the collection, you only need some cardboard or heavy paper, colorful or wrapping paper, glue, ribbon and scissors.
Paste pages of your child's writings or collection onto pieces of heavy paper. Make the covers using cardboard, design as your kids like using colorful or wrapping paper. Punch holes in the pages and the covers. Bind the book together by lacing the ribbon through the holes. Add pages to this book as more writings or collection are completed or start a new book. Add your child's own book into the home library too.
Make Your Own Dictionary
Creating dictionary is a long-term interactive reading activity project. It is a great activity to improve kid’s vocabulary.
You only need to provide her a notebook with alphabet page. Whenever she encounter a word she does not know, she can check up in a dictionary, ask around or search in the internet. Then write this word with its meaning into this dictionary.
To make it more fun, let her decorate the book or paste pictures from old magazines onto the books. If it stops being fun, come back to this guided reading activity later.
Set a Motivating Reading Purpose
When the kids are young, they may treat reading as an enjoyable time to spend with parents as they look forward to this bonding time together.
As kids grow, we may want to set the objective of reading as they progress to develop comprehension skills. It also serves to keep them motivated in books when they have a purpose.
What we did is to borrow books about the place of interest from the library while planning for a trip. They were so keen to read up the book as they look forward to the trip and learn about the place.
Reading games for kids can spur the interest to get kids to start to read. Consistent guided reading activities are required to turn reading into a habit and plant the seed for the love of books. It just takes some effort and time on our end to guide our children towards this path.