• dad reading to sonActivities for holiday travel: Families traveling over Thanksgiving or December holiday breaks can transform travel games into learning opportunities:
    • Clap out family names: Practice syllables by clapping out the names of family, friends, and even pets. 
    • I spy the letter: Challenge children to a letter hunt while on the go at the grocery store, spotting street signs while riding in the car, or reading the menu at a restaurant. 
    • Tell popcorn stories: Share little stories using whatever pops into the storyteller’s head. Start the story off with, “Once upon a time, there was a,” and see where it goes. 
  • Fun reading games during holiday vacation: Families who are stuck indoors on cold winter days can try fun reading-ready activities, including:
    • Go on a book walk: Grab a favorite picture book and have the child retell the story in his or her own words. Use pictures and words as cues to build reading skills. 
    • Rhyming “Go Fish“: Play this picture card game to grow children’s vocabulary skills. Parents can create their own cards or download “Go Fish” cards from teachmama.com or notimeforflashcards.com. 
    • Write on the walls: Tape paper to the walls, use window markers, or paint the walls with special blackboard paint to create a space for kids to work on fine motor, letter formation, and writing skills. Let kids scribble or paint freely, write giant letters and have fun.

source: Raising a Rock Star Reader

Geraldine Jensen

Publisher and Editor of Families Online Magazine. Our experts provide warm, loving, and generous advice for you, your family and children, no matter their age -- infants, school age, 'tweens, and teenagers. Features include:Parenting, Ages and Stages of Child Development, Child Support, Cooking, Health, Children's Books, Nutrition, Christian Parenting, Relationships, Green-living, Education and School

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