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Reading & Language

Reading Activities

Building Literacy Skills Every Day

You and your child do lots of things together every day. Sometimes routines like riding in the car, going to the doctor’s office and grocery shopping can seem unexciting. Here are some simple reading activities and games that can make these everyday chores more fun for both of you. At the same time, you will support your child’s language and literacy skills and build the foundation for reading and writing.

  • Savannah

    My son is having problems with his reading. He is in the first grade and I’ve tried everything. He runs all of his words together, he uses his punctuation but you can barely see it because his letters and words are so close.

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  • dolores reyes

    my granddaughter does not like to read period. When she reads she reads like a baby and starts to cry. she will not read aloud or sound her words so I can hear her sound a word. I can only help if she sounds her words aloud. so please help me.

    • Ann Foster

      This sounds like your grand child is unsure of how to read. I would be asking an expert to check her reading skills and then to support her and you in improving her confidence and reading ability.
      Email me and I will be able to help you.

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  • Len Mullen

    For decades I have been emailing PBS asking that they engage their celebrity benefactors in a program to read to children. The idea would be to set aside an hour of programming time at bedtime during which celebrity readers would read stories while the words scrolled across the screen. This would provide an easy way for non-reading parents to expose their children to reading early.
    With the arrival of digital tv, this could be put on a sub channel so as not to interrupt profitable programming. This would help more than a bunch of tips a lot of parents can’t even read.

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  • Ann Foster

    You can download FREE high frequency words at

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