The latest newspaper article I wrote listed 5 strategies you could use to help your child enjoy their reading skills or help develop their reading skills while holidaying. I thought of writing the article when I saw my son, on his bike reading the local tourist map.
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Published 13th January, East Gippsland News.
If you are not in East Gippsland and don’t receive this newspaper, below is the transcript.
Develop Children’s Reading Skills while Holidaying in East Gippsland. (changed to Holiday Enhancement)
As adults we read while on holidays, it may be the latest bestseller, facts about places we visit or signs and directions.
Holidays are a chance to show children the importance of reading whether it is reading for fun or reading for information.
Below are five easy ways to help your child’s reading develop while holidaying.
Holidaying exposes your child to new environments. Expanding your child’s language helps their comprehension skills. East Gippsland is a diverse area, you will find oceans, lakes, forests, farm land and National Parks. Depending on your child’s ability they may be introduced to single words such as dolphins, seals, pelicans (Lakes Entrance) to more complex information, how caves were formed (Buchan). Tourist information centres are great for providing information on areas and expanding not only children’s but our own knowledge.
While travelling, play I Spy. This is a good opportunity to not only observe new environments, but also reinforce the connection between letter and sounds. Change the game slightly by saying, “I spy with my little eye something beginning with the letter m which makes the sound /m/.” This helps younger children connect objects they see with the beginning sound they make, an important skill for reading and writing. Use more complex letter/sound combinations for older children such as words beginning with a silent letter.
Your child may be learning to recognise the alphabet, sounding out words, learning sight words, or an independent reader. Signs and maps provide a great opportunity for all children to read, as most provide diagrams alongside text. While younger children can interpret the diagram older children can read the text.
There are many reading games involving number plates. Older children can invent silly sentences using the letters in the Number Plates such as RAC123 could be ‘running after cows’ or ‘raindrops are colourful’. Younger children can play letter spotto, recognising the letters on the Number Plates. Turn it into a game by counting the number of times they see the letters in their own name.
There are many wonderful Opportunity Shops throughout East Gippsland. In most shops for under $1 children can buy Picture Books, Chapter Books or Young Adult fiction. With the limited space while travelling, it is a great chance to continually replace books once read.
Enjoy your travels through the wonderful East Gippsland region and drive safely.