Whether it’s a simple winky face or an encouraging thumbs up, emojis can bring a bit of fun to everyday communication. But did you know that you can use emojis to improve your child’s reading, too? It’s true! Here’s how.
It’s time to have some “emotional” fun! Have your child choose an emoji card and a practice sentence.
Encourage your child to read his sentence with expression, using the emotion displayed on the emoji card.
Continue choosing emojis and sentences, giving your child plenty of practice reading with expression. If needed, consult the Emoji Key on page 2 for help with identifying the emotion represented by the emoji cards.
Check out how much fun our activity testers had reading with expression in the video below!
Get really emotional! Turn up the fun a notch by having your child choose one sentence and four or five emoji cards. Then have him read the sentence multiple times, with a different emotion each time.
Can the other players guess which emotions are being expressed? Give it a try!
Here’s another idea: act it out! After your child chooses a sentence and an emoji, have him read and act out his sentence … with expression, of course!
Are you an All About Reading user? Here’s a bonus idea for you: laminate your emojis and store them in an envelope. Then whenever fluency practice needs a bit of spicing up, just pull them out and emote! Fluency practice and fun at the same time? That’s what I call a win-win!
What’s your favorite way to make fluency practice fun? Let me know in the comments below!
Photos by: Christine Zell