12 Early Elementary Lit Tips

From a young age, children love to pick up books, and every parent hopes that habit is never lost. To keep learning how to read fun for your early elementary student, try incorporating these 12 lit tips into your homeschool.

1. Beyond just reading books to your child each day, talk about the story and the pictures as you read. Ask your child questions about the story before, during, and after reading, such as:
- What do you think will happen next?
- Why do you think the character did that?
- Who were the characters in the book?
- Where did the story take place?
- What happened in the beginning/middle/end of the story?
- What were you reminded of or what did you think about during the story?

2. Help your child learn the names of the letters and the sounds the letters make. Turn it into a game! “I’m thinking of a letter, and it makes the sound mmmm.”

3. Have your child use a finger to trace a letter while saying the letter’s name and sound. Do this on paper, in sand, or on a plate of sugar.

4. Make letters and words out of yarn, pipe cleaners, or other materials.

5. Look for sight words in books or practice making them with magnetic letters.

6. Put magnetic letters or flash cards in alphabetical order from A-Z. Practice matching the capital letters with their corresponding lowercase letter.

7. Go on a letter hunt. Pick a letter of the alphabet, tell what sound the letter makes, and find things around the house that start with that letter. Looking for a challenge? Locate objects that end with that letter’s sound.

8. Make a collage by cutting pictures out of magazines or catalogs that all start with the same letter.

9. Play rhyming games with your child. Pick a word and see how many other words you can think of that rhyme with it. Tell your child two words and ask if the two words rhyme or not.

10. Practice clapping words and counting how many syllables they have. Whose name has the most and least syllables in your family?

11. Encourage your child to draw a picture and label the things in it or even try writing a sentence or short story about the picture.

12. Practice different kinds of writing. Have your child write the grocery list or a card or letter to a relative.

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