I find it fascinating to see how children learn to read. In such a short space of time they progress from recognising letters to reading small sentences, it is quite incredible.
I think, however, that it's really important for children to enjoy learning to read. What they are doing is actually quite difficult - imagine learning Chinese, for example, from scratch - there is so much for them to take in and so any way that we can make it easier and fun is a good thing so I am dedicating this page to providing games, poems and articles to help parents encourage their little readers.
No backs! For children aged 3+ My kids and nephews and nieces are slightly obsessed with this game. They learnt it in the playground at school but its brilliant for learning[…]
Letter Lists! For children aged 5+ I used to play this at school! Actually we used to play it during lessons, not concentrating at all on what the poor teacher[…]
Chime & Mime Rhymes For children aged 5+ This is a funny game that will help your child with rhyming but is mixed with a lot of silliness. As with a lot of[…]
The letter Dd A nonsense poem for the letter D. D is less complicated than C as it has only one ‘hard sound’ associated with it. Some parents may find[…]
The letter Cc The letter C is one of the easier letters for children to recognise but it can be a little tricky to learn as it has more than[…]
The letter Bb Let’s face it, anything to do with bums or burps is a winner with kids (or is that just mine?!) Anyway, a bit of cheekiness for your[…]
The animal name game For children aged 5+ You need very little to play this game, in fact you need absolutely nothing apart from a child or two! To play,[…]
The letter Aa Being a vowel, there is more than one sound associated with the letter Aa, just to make life that bit trickier! There are three sounds: ah –[…]
Alphabet hide & seek For children aged 3+ I have been playing this with my daughter, Amabel. She loves playing hide and seek so I have used that to my[…]
I went to the shops… For children aged 5+ My son, Reuben, loves this game and it can really help children who know their letters and are beginning to understand[…]