Reading Foundations Skills Activities at Home with Magazines

 A lot of families are feeling like their children are missing out on some key skills while they are home and engaged in distance learning. While studies show this isn’t necessarily true, there are some simple things parents can do at home to keep the learning going without buying special materials or getting teaching degrees.

reading foundation skills

I’ve tried to post some ideas for integrating AAC and other language development into home routines and reading activities. Today I’m going to talk some more about those reading foundation skills that students need before they can develop reading comprehension and fluency skills.

Reading Foundation skills include things like rhyming, syllable counting, identifying initial, medial, and final sounds in words, sound manipulation in words.

So, how do I use magazines? Easy peasy.

Look for rhyming words.  Find a couple of single-syllable words that should be easy to rhyme. Then set your kids loose with a pair of scissors or a sharpie marker combing through the magazine hunting for more words that rhyme with them.

Similarly, you can do the same with words of 1 syllable, 2 syllables, 3 or 4 syllables. Grab a piece of printer paper and divide it into 3 or 4 columns. Have the kids glue the words they find into the correct columns.

Again, initial sounds in words - do the same thing. Pick a word in a headline so it’s nice and large. Now set the kids hunting for words with the same initial sound/letter.  The same goes for words with final sounds.

Are you seeing a theme here?  Yep, they all work the same way.

So grab your magazines. Ask your friends and neighbors for theirs when they are done with them, or use discarded newspapers, too.

Remember, all students can learn to read and write. Our AAC users need to learn literacy skills, too!

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