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Welcome to Weekend Links! This is my favorite part of the week because I get to share the goodies, finds and resources that I have discovered over the course of the week during my online travels. This week, I want to focus on a unique idea when it comes to reading; simplify.
Simplify as in; offering our young readers quicker, easier Bite-Sized Reading Tricks to keep them reading and inspired.
Reading isn’t just for books only. On the breakfast table, family room and screen porch coffee tables, and in certain bathrooms, I leave bite size reading materials like trivia, jokes, riddles, and quizzes which keep readers engaged. Reluctant readers do especially well with “snippets” of information.
Magazine are a great “portable” reading options for kids and again, is “bite-sized” information to keep them interested and learning. There are so many wonderful and educational kids magazine available theses days too. Some of our favorites include:
- Chop Chop
- Time for Kids
- Kids and Code
- Owl Magazine
- Military Kid’s life
- National Geographic kids
- Your Big Backyard
- Ranger Rick
- Stone Soup for young writers and artists
- Wilderness kids.
Amy at Teach Mama has a wonderful Brain Teaser Activity for Kids!
Inspiration Laboratories has some excellent number cypher/secret code game ideas as well. “Creating secret messages is always tons of fun. Check out these secret codes for kids that involve number cyphers!”
Another “mom trick” I used when my kids were small was what I call “Cereal Box Trivia.” Next time your brood gathers around the kitchen table, notice how each kid grabs a cereal box to read the back as they’re eating their breakfast. I noticed that habit with my then reluctant reader and thought, “Why should I give this great reading opportunity to a bunch of advertising on the back of a cereal box?“
That was when “Cereal Box Trivia” was born. I began pulling all sorts of resources from my shelves such as Trivia books, jokes, magic tricks, brain teasers, and riddles and photo-copying one page for each cereal box. I then taped one of these trivia pages to the back of each box for early morning dining/reading fun.
One of my favorite books for this purpose is “Every Minute On Earth: Fun facts that happen every 60 seconds” by Steve and Mathew Murrie, illustrated by Mary Anne Lloyd.
Please note that I copy trivia pages on both sides of the paper to reduce paper waste. Oh and what about my reluctant reader? Was there any reading going on?……Happily the answer to that is a big fat YES!
More Trivia Resources:
What “bite-sized” ready does your family enjoy?
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School is out and our youngsters are settling into a new summer routine of sleeping in and hopefully doing some exploring and discovering. With the hectic days of summer just beginning, oftentimes one of the first habit to go by the wayside is the habit of daily reading.
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