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Rev up reading for kindergartners

Easy activities to help your kindergartner master essential reading skills.

By Catherine Ann Velasco

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Name that fruit

Skill: Decoding

Here's a game that will teach your child letter sounds, a key pre-reading skill. Next time you're at the grocery store, point to a banana and a melon and ask your child which one starts with the “b” sound. Next, have your child pick out different fruits or vegetables, and identify what letter each starts with.

Play this game in your kitchen, in the car, or wherever you have a spare moment with your child. When your child is cleaning her room, encourage her to group objects that start with the same letter (sox and shirts, for example). Or when you're trying a new recipe, ask your child to identify the beginning letter of each ingredient as you add it.

Catherine Ann Velasco has covered education and children and family issues for more than 22 years. She's won numerous awards, and served as a fellow of the Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families and the Education Writers Association’s Statistics Boot Camp. Velasco lives near Chicago and can be reached at cathyannvelasco@yahoo.com

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