Blog Categories
Recent Blog Posts
Christian Grandparents: A Lasting Influence 11/21/2018

Christian grandparents have many resources to spiritual growth in their grandchildren.

Conversation and Comprehension 3/5/2018

In early reading, discussion about a story activates comprehension.

Building Literacy Skills With Role Play 2/17/2018

Structured role play can develop strong literacy and speech skills.

Two Babies: God's Plan 12/19/2017

Elizabeth and Mary rejoiced that their unborn babies would be part of God's plan to redeem the world.

Biblical Literacy: A Gift to the Next Generation 10/10/2017

Biblical literacy is the best gift we can give to the next generation.

Learning to Read

Family Game Night: Sneaking in Reading Skills
February 17, 2015 By M. J. Maynard

Family game night! Many families are adopting this tradition, and that is a good thing. Playing games together has many benefits. Children develop reasoning and social skills while spending quality, "unplugged" time with their parents and siblings. This is a wonderful trend for our times.

Sitting down for a board game has bonus benefits for a reluctant reader. A child who balks at the sight of books usually can be persuaded to play a game. This is a "sneaky" way to work in some reading practice while having fun, too.

An age-appropriate board game can offer many reading and vocabulary experiences. While you are playing, have your child read as much of the game as he can. The directives for turns are generally in simple language:  "Go back two spaces," or "Spin again."  Games have common sight words embedded in meaningful phrases, which makes them easier to recognize and read. Being engaged in the game gives a child a rich background for decoding new words, so comprehending the material just follows naturally.

The next time you play, you might want to challenge your child to read the directions for everyone's turn. Whether he wins the game or not, you can be assured that your child has definitely won some good reading practice!

What are your family's favorite games? Please tell us about your good times in the comments below.

Visitor Comments (0)
Be the first to post a comment!
Post A Comment
Related Articles · More Articles
In early reading, discussion about a story activates comprehension.
Structured role play can develop strong literacy and speech skills.
Quality apps, used in balance with print books, can be good resources for beginning readers.

©2012 - 2021 Sunday Bells Publications - All Rights Reserved.
Church Websites | Ministry Websites by ChristianCMS, a Service of Inspyre.