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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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My pile, your pile

Skill: Fluency

We’ve all used flash cards for math, why not reading? All you need is markers and index cards. Make 5 to 10 cards including sight words at your child's grade level (sight words are words that your child needs to memorize for reading fluency). You can find sight words for kindergarteners here, but follow your child's lead: if these words are too easy, try these first grade sight words.

Go through the pile and if your child knows a word, it goes into her pile, if she doesn't know the word or has to struggle, it goes in your pile. Keep playing until all the words are in your child's pile; and keep adding new words to the stack, and discarding words your child knows.

See a video on this reading activity.

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