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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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Cool letters

Skill: Decoding

While you're making dinner, have your child play with magnetic letters on the fridge. First, challenge him to arrange them in alphabetical order. Next, ask him to close his eyes, pick out a letter and come up with a word that starts with that letter. If your child has mastered this step, encourage him to spell out simple words starting with the letter he picks.  Create words and see if he can change one letter and make a new word. If he spells cookie, can he have one for dessert?

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