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Your child needs your help to learn to read. So help them out and let them have fun at the same time. The following have all been successfully tried with children. Don't forget that if you make it fun the reading will come easier.

One of our favorites is word search, using the newspaper or a magazine. Pick an article, and choose several words that your child will recognize. Write the words down, or circle the first one in the article. Have your child circle as many repetitions as possible. Rewards for each one found, stickers, small candies, etc. work well.

Each person takes a turn naming a word, your child has to say a word with a similar sound. For example, you say book, your child could respond with look, bound, blink, as long as one letter is the same they are correct. Older children can spell the new word. You have each person name a word that sounds similar. The next person does the same thing. This increases the recognition of phonics and the different letter combinations.

For children who can read, but might be slow, one person names three words, and every one has to write a sentance using all three words. Spelling only counts for the named words. For example, I say count purple eggs. My sentence might be she can count purple eggs. After everyone has created their sentences, the paper is passed to the next person who has to read out loud the sentence on the paper.

Have your child put all the cans in the pantry in alphabetical order. The pictures will help them identify the words they are looking for, and the alphabetization will help with with letter recognition.

Have your child make labels for common things around the home such as clock, computer, drapes, couch, chair, cabinet, floor, wall, etc. Seeing the words associated with objects will help them understand words.

Read a short story to them and then have them act out the story; the three billy goats gruff, the old woman in the shoe, etc.

Let them read a story to you. They read the words they know, and you read the ones they don't. Even if you end up reading most of the story they will start to recognize common words.

The most important game of all is reading. If your child sees you reading, and has the opportunity to read and be read to then they will learn to read. Have a family night where everyone takes turns reading a page or paragraph of a longer book. Your children will look forward to the time spent with you, and enjoy showing their skill at reading.

Make reading fun, and your child will learn to read faster and enjoy it more. Never laugh at a childs attempts to pronounce a new word, just gently suggest the correct words and ask if they know what they mean.