National Family Literacy Day is celebrated on November 1st, making it a great time to incorporate more reading and reading-focused games into your home and community. Once you start reading more and enjoying word games, it doesn’t have to stop after National Family Literacy Day ends.
Incorporating games and competition in the practice of important literacy skills can help students to better grasp key concepts. Check out these ideas for simple reading games at home or in the classroom.
3 Reading Activities for the Classroom or Home
There are several ways to celebrate National Family Literacy Day. Choose a book that everyone is interested in to read as a group. Invite another classroom or extended family members for a super group reading circle. The following three ideas are simple and creative ways for students to use literacy skills through game-based practice.
Reading Scavenger Hunt
Each player reads a passage from books selected ahead of time for clues about what items to find.
Write a Nature Story
Take a walk with your child through the backyard or a local park. Bring along a clipboard with paper and a pencil. Have children write a story about what they see. Younger children can draw pictures and label the drawings or talk about them later.
Letter or Word Search
Give a child a page from a magazine or a newspaper and have them find and circle a list of words. Younger children who are just starting to read can circle words that begin with certain letters.
Promote Reading at Home and Throughout the Community
There are several ways to help children improve their reading. The US Department of Education (USDE) states that children who read every day have higher scores according to a variety of surveys and tests. Your local community is likely to provide several events and activities that promote reading. A local library is always a great place to get started. Most libraries organize summer reading programs and feature several storytime and reading activities.
Besides reading at home and in the community, there are a variety of online reading activities to get involved in. Several online tutoring programs are available to assist struggling readers. Plus, you can explore our online resources, including webinars for professional development and sample lessons for readers of all ages and levels.
Improving Literacy Throughout the Country
According to Gallup analysis of a study conducted by the US Department of Education, 130 million American adults can’t read beyond a 6th-grade level. This makes it more important than ever to engage in reading and promote literacy programs at a young age. Even something as simple as reading to young children daily can increase their love of reading and improve their literacy skills. It’s important to provide a variety of books and resources for children at all reading levels.
Make sure to get involved in a reading project, game, etc., on November 1st. More importantly, stay involved throughout the year by supporting reading in your schools, communities, and homes. There are lots of fun ways to participate in reading activities during November and throughout the entire year.
More Reading & Literacy Activities and Ideas
Looking for more ways to engage young readers in your life? Stop by the Reading & Literacy category page to see what’s new and find ideas for activities around improving reading skills. Also, check out the online store, where you can find thousands of high-quality reading and instruction resources.