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16 Ways to Make Practice Sheets Fun

Practice Sheets are a key part of the All About Reading program, and for good reason: they help kids develop fluency, which is the ability to read smoothly, accurately, and with expression. In fact, many of you call them “fluency sheets” because they are so helpful in guiding students toward fluency.

But as helpful as Practice Sheets are, they aren’t necessarily the most exciting component of the reading lessons. If you’re looking for ways to spice them up, we’ve got you covered! Download this collection of activities and sample Practice Sheets and then read on!

Click to download 16 fun practice sheet activities

16 Games and Activities for Practice Sheets

Ready to have some fun and build fluency at the same time? There’s no shortage of ideas here…just pick an activity and give it a try!

Cartoon monster

Feed the monster. Print and cut out the monster (page 7 or 10) and the appropriate Practice Sheets from the download. Have your child read each strip and then feed them to the monster. For a fun alternative, check out our adorable Feed the Puppy game.

Game dice

Number the rows of words and sentences on the Practice Sheets from 1 to 6, repeating the numbers as necessary. If your child rolls a 2, he reads the words in the rows you marked with the number 2. If he rolls a 3, he reads the words in the rows you marked with the number 3.

Mother and son buddy reading together

Read with a buddy. Take turns reading lines on the Practice Sheets with your student. Learn more about how buddy reading can help your child in this blog post.

Package of dot stickers

Use sticker dots to reduce your student’s frustration. Break up the Practice Sheets into more manageable chunks using sticker dots to create a “starting dot” and a “stopping dot.”

Magnifying glass over a word

Play hide-and-seek with words and sentences. Cut up the Practice Sheets and hide the pieces around the room. When your child finds one of the pieces, he has to read it before searching for the next piece.

Colorful ABC letters

Choose a letter and have your student search for and read only the words, phrases, or sentences that begin with (or contain) that particular letter.

Splat graphic

Play Swat the Words. Print and cut out the splat graphic from page 9 or 12 on the download. Attach the splat graphic to a new flyswatter, a plastic ruler, or even just your student’s hand. Cut out words from the Practice Sheet and lay them on the table. Have your student find and swat each word as you read it out loud.

Covering a practice sheet with a strip of paper

Break up the Practice Sheet by covering it with a piece of paper, making the page seem less overwhelming for your child. Slide the paper down to uncover one line or section at a time.

Yellow and green highlighters

Make progress more concrete. Allow your student to track his progress using colored highlighters or fun stickers. Simply have him mark the words or sentences as he reads them.

Hopscotch game board

Play Fluency Hopscotch. Write fluency words in each square of a hopscotch grid. Gather a different marker for each student, such as a beanbag, stone, or bottle cap. Follow standard hopscotch rules, but when the student stops to pick up his marker, he reads the word(s).

Stack of snowballs

Play Fluency Snowball Fight. Cut the Practice Sheets into strips and tape them to the wall. Have your child read the words. After each strip is read correctly, have your child stand back and throw a snowball at the strip! Use Ping-Pong balls, Nerf balls, styrofoam balls, or even crumpled paper as snowballs.

Word search

Use an online word search puzzle maker to create your own word search puzzle using your child’s fluency words. Have her read the words as she finds them.

Car

Make a word road. Cut the Practice Sheets into strips. Place the strips end to end on a long table or on the floor to make a road. Have your student drive a matchbox car over the words as he reads them.

Illustrated cat

Illustrate the words. Select a few words from the Practice Sheets and have your student draw a picture for each one. For even more fun, ask your child to make a collage of the words and pictures.

Open book with pen and illustration

Silly sentences. Have your student read a word from the Practice Sheet and make up a silly sentence using the word. Have a contest to see who can make the other players laugh first.

Happy and sad emojis

Have fun with emotions! Cut out the emojis from page 9 or 12 on the download. Put the emojis in a basket. Cut the Practice Sheets into strips and put those in another basket. Have your student pick a strip from one basket and an emoji from the other basket. Now ham it up by reading the word using the selected emotion.


What is your child’s favorite way to use the Practice Sheets? Let me know in the comments below!

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Raena B

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This was so helpful because we’d kind of hit a wall with the review sheets. I’m going to try a few of these things. Thanks!

Beth

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Stephanie Rigsby

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We just used All About Spelling for the first time this year – we are so excited to start using All About Reading!

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Great Christmas gift that last

Linda Hodge

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So excited about the new color Edition in all four levels!!! Have completed level 1 and 2 and my kids love it!! They are super excited for the color edition coming out!

Melissa

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Love all the cute resources to make learning fun:)

Narae Shin

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Thank you for the additional resources!

Elizabeth

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Thank you for the fabulous ideas!

Rachel Janssen

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I can’t wait to use some of these ideas!

Rachel

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Some great ideas to try here

Heather Zalenski

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Wonderful Resources! Thank you :)

Sarah

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We don’t have this program yet, but I think my kids would really enjoy it!

Renatta welsh

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Games are great motivation! Thanks for the suggestions!

Alicia M

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How exciting! These are awesome fluency ideas and I think my boys will love them!

Toni

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Amazon ideas! We love AAR and will definitely be instituting some of these ideas in our homeschool! Thank you for these suggestions!

Toni Horvat

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These are great ideas!

Rebecca Bledsoe

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What a great resource! Thank you!

Amber

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I just love these ideas! My son is very active, I think he’s going to especially enjoy swat the word and hide and seek. I think I’ll put the words in plastic Easter eggs when I hide them. Thank you for these fun suggestions!

Robin E.

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Amber,
I love the idea of using plastic Easter eggs! I’m sure that will make reading practice extra fun and exciting.

Cassandra

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My kids love worksheets!

Kari

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Great tips! Thank you!

Joanna

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Thanks for this resource

Chris Wallace

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So many fun ideas! Thank you for keeping learning so enjoyable!

Jennifer

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Thank you!

T Sealine

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These are great ideas. My daughter has been wanting to use a highlighter since she saw her siblings use one last week. We’ll try it tomorrow.

Robin E.

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How great that you can allow her the privilege of using a highlighter while practicing reading! 😉 I’m sure she’ll love it!

Mallory Artusio

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We use the practice sheets faithfully! Thanks for making quality, useful materials.

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Mallory! It’s great to hear the practice sheets are a regular part of reading for you.

Lindsay Rowe

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I like the sticker dot idea. Visual, quick, easy and inexpensive.

lisa boldt

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Thank you!

Dera Ronquillo

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I really love your programs. I am a Bilingual Special Education Teacher in Texas. I would love to have your program in my Resource classroom. I’m especially exited about the new color version. If I could do a pilot of your reading program to convince my principal and district that this is the perfect program for my students that would be incredible.

Robin E.

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Dera,
Here are samples you can show your principal:
All About Reading samples and scope and sequence PDFs

You might also like this blog article, 12 Reasons Teachers Love All About Reading and All About Spelling, which explains the programs and has some downloadable assessment forms.

If you would like to see the product in person, simply order through our system. We have a one year, 100% guarantee, so if you decide that it’s not a fit for your school, you can return the product for a refund of your purchase price. Thank you for your interest!

Lisa Lawton

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What great ideas!

Katie

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We played the emoji game the other day. It was fun to see my son show different emotions.

Robin E.

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Thanks for letting us know the emoji activity went over well for you and your son, Katie! It is a great one.

Laura Buchholz

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We love your program!!! I am on level 3 with one kiddo and level 1 with another! Thank you!

Jennifer W.

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These are great ideas. Thank you!

Savannah Grigg

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Love these activities and ideas!

Ashley

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Love the colors. Very helpful!

Charlotte Buie

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Love the colors!! Very excited to try with my children!!

Emily Reed

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Great ideas!

Traci Allen

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great ideas!

Jenifer mohan

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Thank you for all the wonderful ideas!

Connie C

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Thank you!

Kimberly

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Wonderful Ideas!!

Sarah

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Great ideas!

Sandy Grant

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Great Ideas. So helpful to have some ways to make learning a game for my son.

Sandy Grant

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Great Ideas.

Lindsey J

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We just started this curriculum this year, and my son really enjoys the activities/games, which keep him engaged much longer than a traditional lesson.

Tiffany Hall

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Really interested in trying out this program

melissa bingham

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What fun Ideas!!!

Jen

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Thanks for the ideas. I will be trying some of these with my daughter.

Cindy

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Thank you for the ideas. My K student loves activities and reads best when playing games or doing challenges.

Ashley

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Even though I use another curriculum for teaching my dyslexic son, I still find myself downloading lots of material from this curriculum. The ideas are fresh, creative and fun to use. If I hadn’t already purchased the other curriculum, I would be using All About Reading! Thanks for such a great curriculum. Ashley R.

Katie

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I really enjoy your blog posts and these practice activities look entertaining for both of my children. Thank you.

I love your reading program. I use it with my grandson who struggles with learning and behavioral/emotional issues. Yours is the easiest and most sensible program and approach I have tried. Thanks

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Evelyn! It’s wonderful to hear that All About Reading is helping you help your grandson. 😊

Ceitleen

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These are some great ideas, I’ll have to try the ones we haven’t used yet. My kids love highlighting words, phrases and sentences after they’ve been read. It’s great motivation!

KMarie

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My children love the games. Makes learning so much fun.

Merri

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My 1st grader loves playing the different games!

Tammy Smith

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We just started AAR level 1 (We decided to start at the beginning tho I think according to the placement test he was only lacking a few items for starting level 2). We came from another program that I initially loved but we came to a point where I realized that it would not work for much longer. All that to say that I’m confused about the fluency sheets. Do they need to keep practicing them until they are fluent? My son can read them, without help even, but I wouldn’t say he is fluent with them. He looks at the words and out loud begins voicing what he thinks the word is and corrects himself until he gets it right. So for the word “map” he might say “mat…mad…map”. So not exactly guessing but I do sometimes have to remind him to sound out words, which he can do perfectly when he slows down and just does it. So I guess my question is how long should we be staying on each fluency page? Should he be able to read them without sounding them out before we move on to the next lesson? At this point we are trying to do 1 lesson per day just because so far its stuff he already knows how to do, but I started wondering if we should slow down purely because he’s not exactly fluent. Thanks for any help you can give!

Robin E.

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This is a good question, Tammy.

Your son doesn’t need to be able to read the practice pages fluently and smoothly before moving on, but he should be able to sound out the page easily. Since he seems inclined to resort to guessing first, it may be best to spend a little time reviewing the blending procedure with tiles before starting each practice page. Hopefully, this will prime him to sound out the words on the page and not guess. You want to break the word guessing habit before it gets firmly established.

Fluency takes time to develop. A student may need to sound out a word thirty times or more before he can read it fluently. As you move forward through the lessons, the word cards will allow you to track what has been mastered and what still needs work. Keep word cards in daily review until he can read them easily, without needing to sound them out. The word cards will stack up as you go, so just rotate through a portion for 2-3 minutes each day and then pick up in the book wherever you left off previously. Here are some fun review ideas for word cards. And here’s a fun little video explaining what to do when the cards stack up.

If you near the halfway point of All About Reading 1 and you find he is still needing to sound out pretty much every word, then it may be time to slow down and do more rereading to give him more time to build fluency. However, from what you describe it sounds like the pace you are going through the lessons now is a good pace. Just keep stressing the importance of sounding out and discouraging guessing.

I hope this helps, but please let me know if you have more questions. I’d love to hear how he is doing over the next few weeks!

Patricia Rogers

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These really help my Kindergartener!

Kelly

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Great ideas – especially have fun with emotions!

Marilyn

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I have 4 special needs students who would love to use this thanks for sharing

Lindsey

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Such good ideas

My daughter learns best while playing. Using these fun ways to engage her in reading, writing and spelling has been incredibly helpful. Thank you!

sarah sheets

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This could be a great resource for my bilingual kids!

Michelle

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These look like great tips and resources!

Sam

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Love the color!!!

Nicole

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I love this program!!!

Simone Anderson

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I put the practice sheet in a page protector and circle all the things I want the student to practice with a white board marker, then the student can cross out each word as they read it. This has always worked well for us and breaks it down into manageable chunks.

Robin E.

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What a great approach to the practice sheets, Simone! Thanks for sharing this idea. There is a certain satisfaction with crossing things out, isn’t there? 😊

Elisabeth

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Thank you!!

Liann

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Thank you for this great resource!

Rachel Buchholz

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Would love to try out the program

Elizabeth

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These are wonderful! Thank you so much!!!

Nicky

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This looks like so much fun! My kids will love it!

Kimberly Anderson

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Wonderful!

Emily G.

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My son loves the Feed the Monster game! Thanks for the ideas!

Emily

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So many great and fun ideas!

Heather

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How fun!!

Maegan

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Such fun ideas! The snowball one would be perfect practice right now, and my children would love it!

Robin E.

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Yes, the snowball activity does seem to be especially perfect for this season, Maegan. Enjoy!

Sarah

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Thank you for these ideas!

Rebecca pelka

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I have been needing to mix it up and make the pages more fun! Thanks for this!! :)

Andrea

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Great ideas!

Sara

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These are such great ways to keep kids focused on the task.

Jodie Moss

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I love these ideas for school andvhone learning
Thankyou

Melissa Burto

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We love these!

RaShea

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These ideas are so helpful, thank you!

Kirsten M

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Some great ideas! Always enjoy picking up new ways to make their learning more fun.

Candice

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Love all the ideas!

Amy

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So many wonderful ideas! Thank you!

Emily

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I’ve been thinking of switching to AAR for my struggling reader, and these ideas are fantastic! Thank you for sharing!

Dawn

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Will have to give these a try with my son.

Keshia G.

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Great ideas! The fluency sheets were the only part my older son had trouble with at first, so we broke them up and did them at his pace. These games would have sped things up a bit I think. I will definitely be trying them with my younger one who is just starting AAR!

Robin E.

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Breaking the practice sheets up over a few days is a great way to make them more enjoyable too, Keishia. It’s about finding what works for your student!

Janis

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All of these are great because they pull us out of “work” mode which allows us to relax enough to take in the content.

Sunshine

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I think my son will like the Fluency Snowball Fight practice game.

Ann

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This site always has such fun and creative ways for learning!

Amy

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Great ideas!

Sandee

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We love all about!

Theresa

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Love the color on these

Amanda

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Fun ideas!

Amy Jeanne

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Love that there are so many ways to spice up the practice sheets!

Rachel Leslie

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I love these suggestions. AAR always makes the worksheets a fun way to learn.

Sara

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Thanks for the great tips!

Allison

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Wow!! These are so cool!!

Annette Bosveld

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Excellent suggestions. Thanks! I especially like the “Make a word road”, the boys will like that one! Might get a little toy animal for the girls to walk along the road. :)
I will definitely apply some when using the practice sheets with the students next year (us Aussies are just finishing our school year, we start again in Feb 2019).

Robin E.

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Annette,
I like the idea of having a little toy animal to walk a word road for reading practice. Thanks.

Have a great summer break!

Briana Harris

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The swat idea seems like a perfect game for my rowdy boys! Thank you!

Kelly M

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Thank you so much! This is just what our reading lessons need…. a breath of fresh air!

Martha McLean

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Thanks for the free downloads.

Jennifer

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We love buddy reading and jumping on our letters or words

Robin E.

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Jumping on words sounds like such a great get-the-wiggles-out activity, Jennifer!

Sarah Kleinfelter

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Thanks for all the great tips on teaching kids! I always enjoy reading your blogs 😀

Robin E.

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Aww, thank you, Sarah.

Stephanie

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Looks like fun! Extra practice that feels like play?!? Yes please!

Robin E.

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Stephanie,
Yes! Making practice fun makes a huge difference. 😊

Eva

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I think my son would love the word road!

Becky

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These are such great ideas. My daughter loves emojis and I will try that activity this week.

Suzy

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These are fabulous suggestions!

Brittany

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Great tips on making the practice sheets fun! My daughter’s favorite is for me to put raisins or chocolate chips on top of words every 10 words or so. She reads along the page, and when she comes to a raisin, she picks it up and has to say the word under it before she can eat it. I’ve found using food is a good motivator for lots of kids! :)

Robin E.

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What a great motivator, Brittany! I know I’d be motivated for chocolate chips. 😊

Lisa Dorsett

says:

These are very interesting practice sheets. Thanks for having these sheets!

Jerricca Schoch

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I am so excited for the color!!! These tips are so helpful to make the practice sheets more fun!

Christina

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Such great ideas!!

Jess

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These are some great ways to make practice more fun!

Janae

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This is great!

Mary

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I can’t wait to use these!

Sharon

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Great ideas! Thanks!

Desiree Bronleewe

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We really enjoyed setting words out in a long path and hoping on them as we read them. Sometimes we used M&Ms or Cheerios for finishing a line. My son loved getting a zebra stamped on the page when finished.

Robin E.

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How cool that you found a zebra stamp to use to mark the completion of each line, Desiree! I’m sure it’s super encouraging to get Ziggy’s mark of approval. 😉 I think your hopping path would be an especially great activity on bad weather days when kids have extra wiggles. Thank you for sharing these great ideas for making the practice sheets more fun!

Angela

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My little one will love these!

Chris Broad

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I just love everything about All About Learning. Works so good with children with specific learning disabilities in reading. They really get it when taught the way it is presented. Hands on learning.

Robin E.

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Chris,
It’s great to hear that All About Reading and All About Spelling are working so well for your students! Thank you.

Judy

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Love the different ways to entice students to practice! Thank you.

Kerrie

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Very creative ideas!

Kathryn

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Practice sheets are great!

Jane Baki

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I absolutely love all the interactive and creative activities offered by All About Learning Press. As an Instructional Reading Paraprofessional, these free downloads allow me to change up my classes, add some fun, and increase learning! All the activities keep my students engaged and enjoy coming to group. Thank you!

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Jane. I’m excited to hear that our activities help your students enjoy coming to group! Sometimes little things can make a big difference for students’ motivation. Thank you!

Misti Hull

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Great suggestions, as always!

Cheryl L Lehman

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These are great ideas to make reading practice more fun! Looking forward to trying them out!

Jen S.

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Love all the ideas you suggest!

Heather Miner

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What amazing ideas! So happy I found this. Thank you :)

Leigha

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We love AAR and AAS in this house!

Stacey

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Thanks!! These look amazing!!

My kids will love these ideas! Thank you!

Scott Titensor

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Thank you for the ideas.

harriet

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Ooh these look exciting, thanks

Umm S

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Can’t wait to download and give this a try. Me and my children love this program ☺️

Stephanie White

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Thank you for these! The practice sheets can get daunting for my daughter. She’ll love these activities!

Umm S

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Can’t wait to download and give this a try. Me and my children love this program ☺️

Lauren Van Horn

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I love all these ideas! The more I learn about this program, the more I think it is perfect for teaching my daughter to read! 💕

Amanda Ortega

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Thank you! I know my boys will LOVE these!

Amanda Ortega

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Thank you for the great tips. Always looking for new ways to engage my boys and help them love learning.

Michelle

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Thanks!!

Briana B Eibest

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My girls love Feed the Monster!

Jennifer Palmer

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Thanks for the resources!

My daughter is gonna love these!

Laura

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We have started skipping these sheets because my daughter gets so overwhelmed and gives up. We have had better luck going straight into the story. I think I will try again using some of these ideas!

Robin E.

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Laura,
Not every child needs the additional practice that these sheets provide in order to build fluency and smooth, confident reading. However, if your child could benefit from the practice, finding a way to make them more enjoyable, or at least more tolerable, is worth the effort.

One thing I did for my daughter was simply to require her to spend 3 minutes (we used a timer) a day reading from a practice sheet. Something about doing it for just a few minutes every day made it okay and no big deal. I think my girl may be a bit different, but she actually preferred that to doing all the games and such.

Meredith

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Love these ideas!

M Cole

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Fun, easy ideas!

April

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Thank you for all the extra help/tips. They are great additions to the books!

Kim Barrios

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Thank you for these great
Ideas!

Otonya Alison

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What fun suggestions!

mary

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Amazing tips!

Becky Mebane

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Great ideas!

Rachel

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Thank you for all the wonderful tips on how to teach my child to read. I am going to miss the black and white readers. I have enough color picture books from the library. I greatly enjoy the classic black and white, well drawn pictures. Although, I look forward to seeing the new teachers manuals with the new material.

Audra

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These are all such fun suggestions! I love that I don’t need anything super involved for these too!

Emma Hammond

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My son will read anything if I do the feed the monster approach! Thank you for idea!

Robin E.

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This made me smile, Emma. The monster makes everything more fun. 😊

Dori

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Thank you for these ideas! I am not naturally creative, so this will be a huge help for my kids. I can see that I need to get a few items to have on hand for our reading lessons!

Misty Zimmerman

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I cannot get enough of All About Reading!! It has been a lifesaver for my son who has reading struggles and for building his confidence!! And who dosent love that they do give aways!!

Paula D.

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Some really great ideas here. I would really love to win that giveaway!

Kim

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Thanks for the ideas! I’m just starting AAR (Level 2) with a 10 year old and anticipating the need for something to spice up the practice sheets. I may have to modify the activities for an older student, but this gives me a start.

Robin E.

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Kim,
I’d love to hear about the modifications you come up with for your older student and how he likes them, please. It would be great to have a list of ideas on hand for others with older students.

Katie

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These are great ideas! We have been using board games to make it more fun. They read a line and “win” us each 2 turns for whatever board game it is that we are playing. Then they have to read more to get more turns. No complaining! They love doing it this way.

Marie Rippel

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What a great idea to encourage more reading! Thanks for sharing, Katie!

Krisite Brock

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Great ideas here. I must spend more time doing these! Your programs are really helping me teach my kids!

Megan Hagemann

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My son loves the Feed the Monster activities. This is a wonderful idea to make practice sheets more enjoyable.

Amy N Staples

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We love All About Reading!

Stefani

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Love these ideas. My kiddos love scavenger hunts, so i will definitely have to give that one a go. :-)

My kids love to roll dice and whatever number they roll that’s the line they read. We can get through the whole page doing it for this way. Without complaining! It’s great!

Marie Rippel

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I can see how a game of random chance could make the Practice Sheets more palatable for kids! Thanks for sharing, Charity!

Mandy

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Yes they are so helpful!

Debbie

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What great ideas! My seven year old daughter loves “feed the monster”. What a wonderful resource to encourage struggling readers.

Laureen Anderson

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Great ideas!

Laureen Anderson

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Great ideas!

Sharon Rideaux

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That is neat.

Mussita

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Thank you for great resources!

Debra T

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Awesome tips and fun activities here! My kids absolutely love AAR and AAS. It is the one curriculum that I have never second guessed! I have recommended it to so many homeschooling families!

Marie Rippel

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Thanks for recommending AAR and AAS to other families, Debra! And I’m glad you found some new activities here!

Sarah Earl

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Love All About Reading!

Rachael

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I love the car idea! We used a flyswatter to work on letter sounds and my 5 year old loved it. He requires more to keep his attention and it was perfect!

Robin E.

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It’s great to hear the Splat flyswatter activity helped to keep your little one’s attention, Rachael. Sounds like you are having lots of fun practicing reading!

Cynthia

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I actually received a lot of good ideas from this blog to use with my kids.

LeAnn

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Thanks for a wide variety of helpful tips!

Tricia

says:

These are such great ideas! I look forwarding to trying them with my son!

Natalie

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Love these ideas! My 5yo LOVES feeding the monster.

Cami

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My kids loved the feed the monster, even better that it is now in color!

Charlene

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This is an amazing set.

Ladonna Mohler

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Thank you for these tips!

Janey

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Love all these tips!

Tasha RLatin

says:

So happy to find these!!!

Desiree Preston

says:

These are great. Sometimes we set a timer to make it go by faster.

Beverly

says:

Wish I would have found this sooner! So helpful, thank you!

ANGELA PEPPERS

says:

so excited to try some of these hints!

Kristi

says:

These are great ideas!

Kimberly

says:

These are great ideas! I’ll definitely be using at least a few of these.

Chelsea

says:

So fun!

Dara

says:

I really like the Silly Sentences game. I think my daughter would have a lot of fun with that one.

Rachel Johnson

says:

Excellent ideas! Thanks. 🙌🏼

Melanie Nygaard

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One of my kids likes to make his own sentences incorporating as many words as he can. We also use sheet protectors and dry erase markers. Thank you for the great ideas!

Robin E.

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I think making up your own sentences using the words from the practice sheet would be a lot of fun for some kids! I know a couple of my kids would have loved the challenge. Thanks for sharing these ideas, Melanie!

Doreen

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I loved the SWAT idea. I can picture that being really fun for my children. Thanks for a great post!

Kierra Mychelle Demings

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I have been playing the swat game with my kids at home, I love all the new ideas I can try at home and in my classroom

Hannah Swoboda

says:

We l Be AAR and AAS! These activities really help, and we even include my younger children in some of the games!

Martine

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Love all about reading

Danielle

says:

Wow, these ideas are just what we needed at this time of year! My son will love the splat the word game and searching around the room for hidden words. Looking forward to trying those out this week. Thank you!

Elena

says:

This curriculum sounds great. I will research it a little more

M. B.

says:

We love the program!

Katie

says:

We love your reading program! The fun supplemental activities we complete each week truly make reading fun for my children. They look forward to their daily reading lessons.

Heather

says:

Thank you.

Kassy

says:

Ok that monster is really cute

Sheila Avila

says:

These are great ideas! Similar to the snow ball idea, we’ve user Nerf guns!

Robin E.

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Sheila,
One Nerf gun adaptation I’ve heard of is writing words on a sliding glass door in dry erase marker and shooting them. Even more fun during warm weather is to write words on the outside of the door and shoot them with a water gun. And if you happen to have real snow on the ground, you could use real snowballs outside. There are lots of ways to make reading practice exciting!

Angela K

says:

I will have to try some out!

Brooke

says:

Using this curriculum with 4 children right now, and we all love it!

Jenna

says:

Fantastic ideas! We would also use Pinterest for ideas!

Carol

says:

I appreciate all your many ideas. They are so great and I wonder how how come upon these ideas that make learning fun for kids. Thank you. Such amazing minds you all have.

J W

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Very fun! Thanks!

Mary S.

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We love to write the words in white crayon and then paint over them with watercolors :)

Robin E.

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What a fun idea, Mary! I bet that would make reading practice have an almost magical or mystery quality. Thanks for sharing this.

Jaime

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We sometimes use little treats like nuts or raisins or even chocolate chips at the end of each section of words. It’s a great motivator.

Robin E.

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Jaime,
It sounds like you have found a way to combine reading time and snack time! What’s not to like? 😊 Great idea.

Matthew

says:

Informative post!

Bethel

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We do some of these, but some I have not but would love to try like fluency hopscotch. Such a good idea for my 1st grader!

Robin E.

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Bethel,
I think the hopscotch one would be so good for ready while getting the wiggles out, but I would have to google how to play hopscotch! I’ve never played it before.

Amanda P

says:

Great and helpful ideas! Thanks!

Sarah J Holloway

says:

What wonderful ideas! I love your All About Spelling Program and am looking into your All About Reading Program.

Brittney

says:

Great ideas!! Thanks for posting!

Kelli

says:

The practice sheets have always overwhelmed my son, so I started using the tile app and copying 5-6 words at a time for him to read or 4 of the phrases or a single sentence out at a time… This format is closer to the new teaching sections of AAR… Since making this change he no longer fights me when covering this material!

Merry

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Oooh, nice idea, Kelli!

Jen

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Kelli, can you give a bit more explanation of what you are doing? I’ve only used the tile app for a couple of words max at at time. How are you building out four phrases at one time and have it fit on the screen?

Also, what do you mean about the “new teaching sections of AAR?”

Kelli

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Jen, I wonder if my tablet screen is just larger and can fit more words? Sorry I’m not more help 😕. But basically I just fit as many words as I can on to the screen where there is still space between them.

As for the “new teaching sections” I was referring to the sections of the curriculum where it is titled “new teaching” in the teachers books. In many of those sections your using the tiles to help enforce/teach the new concepts.

KC Martin

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Great engaging ideas! Looking forward to trying them.

Stacy White

says:

Thank you for all of the wonderful ideas!

Tammy Smith

says:

This looks perfect for my kindergartener!

Ashley

says:

These tips have been a game changer for my son. He loves reading and is progressing so well. So thankful for AAR!!

Laura H

says:

My daughter loves to feed the monster her fluency words!!

Jessics

says:

We love this curriculum and these ideas are fabulous!

Sonya Keel

says:

I really believe that reading is something that should begin at an early age. These pages would be a great way to engage kids

Jayne

says:

Can’t wait to try!

Jennifer Martens

says:

Great tips! My daughter would love more fun with monsters!

Cindy

says:

These are some good ideas! I might have to try some.

Janel

says:

Great ideas!

Tiffani

says:

My son is in kindergarten and going wonderful with AAR! We love the materials!

Sarah

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I’ve given my daughter a chocolate chip for each section she completes. So in a list of practice words she may get 5 chocolate chips. Or I’ll give her a bigger treat after she finishes the whole practice sheet. It gives her something fun to look forward to and makes the list not seem as daunting.

Merry

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That’s so cute, Sarah! And who wouldn’t read for chocolate?!

Robin E.

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What a fun way to have reading time and snack time together, Sarah! Such a great idea. I know I’d do some extra work for chocolate chips (especially dark chocolate, yumm). 😉

D.R.

says:

Some nice ideas that get in practice and moving…nice for energetic children!

Kaitlyn S

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In our homeschool, the kids definitely like the “hide and seek” option the best. They are able to learn without having to stay trapped behind a desk all day. Thanks for the great idea!

Robin E.

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Kaitlyn,
I love it! Who would have thought you could practice reading and play hid and seek at the same time. 😉

Carri Seifert

says:

These are great ideas ! Can’t wait to try some

Julia M. Chaney

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I am a First Grade teacher at Veritas Classical Christian Academy in Hobbs, NM. I use the practice sheets in class to reinforce the lesson and also send some home for a novel way to study with the co-teacher. One family told me that the Emoji practice sheets became a favorite for the whole family!

Merry

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That’s wonderful, Julia! What a great way for the parents to get in more practice at home–I’m glad they liked the Emoji practice sheets

Lindsey

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We like stickers and highlighters! I’m thinking my little guy would like the scavenger hunt idea. We’ll have to try that out!

Robin E.

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I’d love to hear how your guy likes the scavenger hunt idea, Lindsey! That’s one I never thought of when my kids were doing the practice sheets.

Amanda

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Thank you for all you do!

Beth Hastings

says:

Thanks for the great game ideas! My daughter is in AAR level 1 and has really enjoyed all of the fun activities!

Thankful to be able to homeschool!

Valerie Serafin

says:

Love the additional ideas to help reinforce learning!

Krista

says:

❤️ i Love all the ideas! Will be starting full fledged home school this next year!

Sabrina Kraft

says:

Thank you for the great resources!

Amber

says:

Thank youfor all these ideas.

Sonny

says:

Thanks for the terrific resources!

Candace

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This is our first year homeschooling, and all about reading has made reading so much easier for my 7 yr old daughter. We get very excited each time we put another star on her progress sheet!! I’m looking forward to continue using AAR in the future!

Robin E.

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Candace,
Your first year of homeschooling can be a stressful one. I’m happy to hear that All About Reading has helped to make your first year just a little easier for you and your daughter!

Cristy

says:

My children love AAR! It’s been a sanity saver with my dyslexic child! I will use this program for all of my kids!

A Bouwman

says:

These are awesome ideas

Christina

says:

Thank for these sheets! Didn’t even realize you had them!

Laura

says:

I love this program. You always come up with ways to keep it interesting!

Trisha Berens

says:

Will have to try some of these

Crystal

says:

wow so many useful and practical ideas! love it!

Jennifer

says:

I’ll definitely try them out!

Kristy

says:

Great ideas to make it fun for everyone.

Tresha Mcfadden

says:

I definitely love these Ideas I will be using these ideas very soon.

Denise

says:

Word search!

Natalia

says:

I like the Games and emojis

Heather

says:

My son loves all the variety in your practice sheets!

Melissa

says:

We just started with All About Spelling for the first time this year! I love how it incorporates review right into each lesson!

Sara Burke

says:

Thanks for the excellent resources! My child is learning how to spell thanks to you!!!

Sonia Norvell

says:

Thank you for the fun ideas!

Amber

says:

Thanks for all the great ideas! My reader has been grumbling about the practice sheets, now I have some fun ways to mix it up.

Vitaliy Nechay

says:

Love it! Interesting activities

Melissa

says:

Thank you for the ideas.

Anna M.

says:

Great ideas!

Jenn

says:

Thanks for the great ideas! Always looking for something new to try with my 2!

Andrea

says:

Love this program, has been great with my kiddos

Ann

says:

Thanks for the tips!

Cheryl

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When my son was younger and was struggling a lot w the practice sheets, we found two methods worked the best: cut the sheets apart and put each strip by itself on top of a brightly colored piece of cardstock to read or let him highlight the words as he read them to show his progress.

Sirena

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Wonderful hands on activities!

Katie Mullis

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These are wonderful tips for my daughter.

Angie

says:

We bought special highlighters that my little can mark as she goes. It has had a big difference and makes it more fun.

trisha

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hoping to use this with my 2 preschoolers in a couple years

Trudy

says:

Children enjoy using the fly swatters and look forward to the Swat the Words activity. Really enjoyable, hands on learning!

Kristen

says:

I would love to try it this product!

Ashley

says:

Thanks for the tips. 🙂

Maegan

says:

These are wonderful ideas!!

Tonya Sinner

says:

Great post!

Kristie

says:

Such good ideas!

Jessica Thrall

says:

That is cute

Kimberly H

says:

My kids enjoy fun pages like these ones!

Kathy

says:

Great ideas that will really help my son! Thanks!

Andrea

says:

These looks so fun! Can’t wait to try them!!

Carol D.

says:

This is fantastic stuff! I’m so glad to have come across this.

Down under

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We loved all AAS for my oldest and now that I am teaching my little ones how to read we are falling in love with AAR. These are some great ideas! I love how hands on and creative you can be with this program. It definitely keeps my little wiggle worms engaged.

Lisa

says:

Great ideas! I also like to make sentences out of the words and put them in a book and have my kids illuatrate them.

Kristen

says:

These are great ideas! Thank you!

Katy Linsky

says:

Coming from classroom teaching, I need to constantly remind myself to make the work fun!

Idels

says:

Such great tips!

Bridgette

says:

I need a change to our homeschool routine with my six year old…I hope this is where I find the answer!

Sara Gellerstedt

says:

These are great ideas!

Jennifer

says:

Love AAR!

Andrea

says:

Such great ideas!

Meg

says:

Love these tips and printables!! Thank you!

Amanda

says:

Love these colorful and fun practice sheets!

Jamie

says:

These are all great ideas and I can’t wait to try them! Thanks!

Jennifer D.

says:

Great ideas, thanks!

Heather

says:

Love these ideas!

Tiffany

says:

Thank you!

Ellen Theiss

says:

I’ve been skeptical, but my daughter recently said that reading has become easier for her. She even has picked up a book on her own!!

Royelle Mickelson

says:

One of my special education students is working on recognizing emotions. This emotions reading is a great way to integrate two skills into one.

Dena Sorensen

says:

Great ideas!

These look like fun ideas, We will just be starting with Level 1 and know I’ll need something for my very active little fellow. I’ve already downloaded many of the free resources. What a great group you have here!

Jenny

says:

These are great ideas to keep reading fun and exciting!

Sandra Gusic

says:

These practise ideas are great! My kids love them!

Danielle Hudson

says:

I love these ideas 💡!!!

Amy

says:

We love highlighting the words as she reads them! We also put them in a page protector and use dry erase markers in case she needs extra practice on a particular page!

Alisha

says:

Saved this so we can practice with some of these!

Belle B

says:

I’m looking forward to using the “swat” activity for phonogram review.

Heather

says:

These are some great ideas! Bookmarked the page so we can try some!

Amanda

says:

Great ideas!

Carrie

says:

My 4 year old is wanting to learn to read so I’m reading/learning any thing to help him. Thanks for all the suggestions.

Shannon

says:

Love these ideas

Rachel

says:

Our daughter loves “Feed the Monster” as well as cutting out the words so she can slap them as she reads them :)

Rene

says:

Great ideas! Love Feed the Monster!!

Laura

says:

Such great idea. Thank you so much ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Trishan

says:

These are amazing activities! Love the hands on stuff!

Codi

says:

Thank you for the ideas!!! Excited to add these to my day!

Crystal

says:

We love all AAR & AAS. I can’t wait to try these to go along with it!

Victoria

says:

Lovely ideas. Thank you!

Laura

says:

We are just on the Pre-Reading set right now but my boys have really enjoyed playing some of the games like, “What’s in my bag?”

Mandy Mascaro

says:

These look like they would be a lot of fun!

DAnna

says:

I love these! Thank you!

Carrie Burgett

says:

Such good suggestions!

Sandy

says:

Thank you for the new ways to learn words! :)

Sarah

says:

I seriously LOVE AAR! From struggling readers to pre readers…. it’s perfection!

Veronica

says:

We’re just getting ready to start AAR with my 8 year old. These ideas are going to come in handy!

F.A

says:

These are great! Thank you

Jennifer

says:

Very cool ideas to make learning fun. Thanks

Tara

says:

I love all the wonderful activities you all share to help the kiddo learn.
Thank you!

Rebecca Fogle

says:

I love all these fun ideas! Thanks for these resources!

Ashley Turner

says:

These ideas are wonderful. Thanks! The practice sheets can be a challenge for my 6 year old but these ideas will be perfect for him!!

Grace

says:

Fluency has become so tedious for us, so I’m excited to try some of these ideas. I think my son would like Hide and Seek!!

Arla Vavra

says:

So many great ideas! Thank you!

Jennah

says:

These are all such great ideas! Thank you for sharing!

Shari Clark

says:

These are great ideas!

Sylvia

says:

Great tips. We love the AAR activities, but fluency sheets can sometimes drag. I’ll have to spice things up with some of these ideas.

Lori Newton Jackson

says:

Such great ideas! So glad I clicked the link for this one!

Stacey

says:

Thank you!! I love all the practice sheets!

Danielle S

says:

Love AAR and AAS, 2 kids and counting :)?

Angie

says:

Love these ideas!

Beth

says:

What great ideas!

Julz

says:

All About Reading is such a wonderful curriculum! We love using the Pre-Reading.

Lindsay S.

says:

We love feeding the monster. It makes a un game out of reading.

Rachel

says:

Good advice!

Cheri Howard

says:

These are awesome! Thanks!

Rae Steele

says:

So thankful for All about reading!

Karis

says:

I let my 3 year “ do work” with his big brother so they both have sheets to color or craft with

Becky Littrel

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Love all the cute, practical and efficient learning tools. I look forward to getting the emails so I can see what is new.

Marie Rippel

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Thanks, Becky! If you would like even more ideas while you’re waiting for the next newsletter, check out our Free Resources page (http://resources.allaboutlearningpress.com/)!

Julie Dove

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Perfect!

Lisa

says:

These are so fun. My little ones will love them!

Kim

says:

Thank you.

Jennifer

says:

These are great ideas! I’m always looking for ways to make the hard work of reading into fun!

Hannah klement

says:

Love it!

Allyson

says:

We love using dice and silly sentences! We need to try some more of these ideas.

Lesley

says:

My kiddo will love these! Thanks!

Allyson

says:

We love using dice, covering the rest of the page and making up silly sentences! We need to try some more of these ideas.

Heather

says:

Great ideas for my struggling readers!

Anne Davis

says:

Great ideas!

Molly

says:

Great tools

Jen

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Feed the Monster has been so much fun! We put ours on an oatmeal container and cut out the mouth.

Marie Rippel

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Hi Jen! Great idea about using an oatmeal container for “Feed the Monster”! Thanks for sharing!

Meghann Byerline

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I didn’t know these were here! Glad I found them ❤️

Marie Rippel

says: Customer Service

Hi Meghann! If you would like more fun reading and spelling activities, check out our Free Resources page at http://resources.allaboutlearningpress.com/!

Kate

says:

Love these ideas!

Diana

says:

Great ideas! Thank you!

Cheryl

says:

I haven’t used practice sheets like this before, but what a great idea!!

Audrey

says:

There is so many awesome ideas here!! We definitely will be trying these. Thanks for writing this.

Vanessa

says:

Great ideas!! Thanks!!

Allie

says:

Level 1 is supposed to come in the mail later this week. We are so excited to get started! I love these ideas and will definitely implement them in our lessons.

Raylene

says:

Just introduced to the AAR readers! Fibally a reader that starts out simple enough for beginning readers!

Taren MCBride

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My son loves AAR and my daughter will be starting school next year! I hope she will love AAR as much as he does.

Amanda Cowgill

says:

This is great! I am so glad I came across this blog post. I can’t wait to use the spinner with my son during our next lesson!

Katie M

says:

Great Ideas!

melissa martinez

says:

This looks like so much fun! cant wait to start next year.

shannon rose

says:

We are obsessed with all your curriculums!!

Katy

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Love all about spelling and excited to try AAR with my youngest!

Sarah

says:

I love game ideas! These are great

Brenda

says:

This is a great program!

Kristin C.

says:

My youngest is just starting to do “school” like her older siblings and she will love these practice sheets!

Tessa D

says:

We got a kick out of “feed the monster” we had to laminate the monster to keep his jaw from getting dislocated. Ha!

Awaiting more snow for a fun snowball fight, too!

Jessica

says:

These are great ideas to break up those long practice sheets!

Sara M

says:

Great ideas. I love that you give extras for us to use.

Jeanette Van de Bruinhorst

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This is something we did not do much of because my son caught on very quickly and did not need it… Having said that though, I absolutely love this program and recommend it often.

Delina Aldridge

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You always have such great learning ideas! Looking forward to implementing them!

Leslie

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Excited to see the books in color.

Leslie

says:

Excited to see the new books in color!

Yara

says:

Thank you! Kids will like this.

Tiffany Castaneda

says:

I appreciate your program and all the resources and help you offer to parents!

Emily

says:

A lot of great ideas!

Amy Thorpe

says:

These methods of interacting with learning to read seem like they would help my youngest stick with the lessons longer. Thanks!

Havilah

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I love that practice sheets are no stress and I can let my littles just have fun with them. ❤️

Michele

says:

Great ideas! Thanks!

Traci

says:

Awesome, thanks for the tips!

Catlin Freeman

says:

Good ideas! I’ll try anything to end the whining.

Jessica McKinney

says:

So many fun options!

Brandi Arnette

says:

So fun! My daughter wouldn’t even know she was learning with some of those games!

Quinn

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Love these ideas. My oldest still loves playing games for reading practice and gets jealous when brothers get games he remembers. Thanks for this post! Can’t wait to use some of these.

Natasha Miesse

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My kids LOVE worksheets when they are in a game format (or disguised as a game). But regular worksheets are seen as drudgery.

Jeannie McClannahan

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All my littles have LOVED feed the monster!!! These practice ideas look like fun! Can’t wait to try them out! :) :) :)

Kayla

says:

I love the idea of coloured books. They’ll be much more engaging for young readers!

Leah

says:

These are great ideas!

Jamie wood

says:

Love all these ideas! Can’t wait to use them!

Aubree

says:

Thank you so much, will be using these for sure!

Hollie S

says:

These tips are great for younger students! I’ve been home schooling for six years now and my youngest is a second grader; just today I commented on how difficult it is to reach the little ones: These activities are super:)

Erin

says:

We love your program for spelling and can’t wait to start reading this fall with my littles! This would be a tremendous blessing to win!

Pat Barker

says:

Thanks for all the Download activities. They are fun and helpful.

Nicole

says:

Love the color for the new books!

Connie Henry

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Love that the books are now in color as it will be much more engaging for the children!

Emily

says:

Great tips!

Amy

says:

Love all these ideas! Thank you!

Heather shellenberger

says:

Great ideas! Thank you!

Dana Shore

says:

Such fun ideas!!

Breanne

says:

Great ideas!

Audrey

says:

Thank you for the ideas!

Sally

says:

Such fun ideas!

T Gates

says:

Thanks for the ideas!

Tami

says:

Highlighters and dice are perfect tools for making practice sheets fun. My kids love when we use them.

Lara

says:

Awesome! Thank you!

Melissa

says:

Great ideas!!

Katie

says:

So I thought I was doing good with cutting them up and hiding them around the room…these ideas are amazing!

Marie Rippel

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Oooh, that’s a great one, too! I can think of several kids who would love searching for the sentence strips! Thanks for sharing, Katie!

Carrie

says:

I like that they are in color now.

Kathy

says:

Great ideas.

Lauren

says:

Love all the ideas for the practice sheets!

Nichole

says:

These are really good ideas!

Carrie

says:

Thanks for all the great ideas!

Jenny rendon

says:

Great ideas! I couldn’t love AAR more!

Mary

says:

Thank you for sharing this

Tonja

says:

What great ideas! I love these resources!

Tracy

says:

Love these ideas. I am always looking for new ways to make learning fun.

Trisha Birdwell

says:

We love all about reading!

Kristin

says:

These are awesome ideas. Thank you for this resource!

Kim Cotner

says:

I always love finding new ideas for practicing reading!

Andrea Miller

says:

Thanks for the ideas!

Vanessa

says:

Great ideas, I just started this program and love it for my dyslexic child.

Kim

says:

These are great ideas! Can’t wait to try some with my reluctant reader.

Tara

says:

Turning words into silly sentences is such a fun way to encourage her reading, and creativity!

Jen W

says:

These ideas look wonderful! Thanks for the inspiration!

Kristin Pennington

says:

Love! Thank you!!

Sue

says:

Great ideas thanks for sharing.

Tiffany

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We pretend that the highlighter is a sword and they are slaying the words. This simple thing makes it so much more fun for them. And they are eager to destroy the page with the highlighter one word at a time :-)

Marie Rippel

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Haha! Slaying the words with a highlighter–that is perfect! Thanks for sharing your fun idea with us, Tiffany!

Kelley

says:

My son loves the word searches!

Allison Drewry

says:

This is great!

Angela A

says:

Great ideas! I’ve used high lighters or stickers often!

Jeanna

says:

Great ideas!

Tylee Fuller

says:

Thank you for making reading fun for my kids!

Corrine Harris

says:

Thank you for all these wonderful ideas. My kids love these reading worksheets.

Amy

says:

We put the page in a clear sleeve, read part of it each day, and mark the completed parts with a colored dry-erase marker.

Shane Smith-Calhoun

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Wonderful tips!! We copy and cut up the word page, stack up the words face down, take turns drawing a word and using letter dice try to roll each letter to spell the word!!! First one to get six words wins!!

Gail Timmer

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To win this would be a dream come rue!

Annie

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Thank you for these ideas to keep practice exciting!

Sarah Wensley

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Oh I wish I had read this earlier. My daughter loved reading all the words so she’d fly through but I think the dice idea will help my son feel like it’s a competition. 😊

Janey

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Love this and love AAR!

Amber

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Thanks! We will give these tips a try.

SHERRY THOMPSON

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Good assortment of activities!

Yvonne

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Love your program and ideas. Thanks for posting!

Jenny Brantley

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AAR and AAS have been such incredible resources for homeschooling my little ones. My son is finally feeling success with reading! I’ve learned a lot too!

Jenny

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Great tips! Thx!

Angela

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Love this!

Holly

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Thanks for the tips! I think my kids will really like some of these ideas!

Amber

says:

Thanks for all the great tips!

Alexandrea

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What great resources! I have to browse your website more!

Emily H

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These are really great! Thanks for the ideas.

Estella

says:

These are great ideas! I am going to try some of them.

Amelia Pothoven

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Thanks for this! I will have to try this with my kids

Kylie

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These sound fun! Thank you for sharing!

Angela

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We love AAR and AAS. One thing I like doing is incorporating games into our day.

Kristen

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Illustrating the words is huge for my little guy

Estella

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This seems like such an amazing program! My children have trouble learning to read. I really just wish we could afford to purchase it. Thank you very much for this giveaway! Many blessings.

Amber

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Love AAR!!!

Alicia Brooks

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These games are wonderful ideas! Thank you!!!

Deidre

says:

Thanks for the great tips!

Corina Montreuil

says:

Wow awesome resources here. Thanks

Lori

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Love all these ideas!

Aimee

says:

This sounds great

Britteni

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We love the extras included with all the program! My daughter collects them all, and made a little book for herself to look through and review. 😊

Kelly G

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It’s been a while since I’ve been to this site. My youngest used the program and now that I’m tutoring beginning readers I have come back to use the program again! There is so much new content!

Nicolette

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We love making the word searche

Cathy Reilly

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I have used feed the monster as well as to be the anteater with a dyslexic ten year old. She had a blast. I think she will love the word search activity. I’m thinking the wotd search will also help her focus on the spelling of the words.

Brenda

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Thanks for all the handy tips and tricks!

Isabel

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Thanks for the ideas on how to mix it up and make it fun.

Bonnie Matthews

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My kids like anything that requires movement!

Cristina

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Can’t wait to use this with my kids! What a great program

Emily Mize

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Thanks for the creative ideas to make learning fun!!

Lauren Axton Brereton

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I just love how many game offerings you have listed here! Thanks for making teaching easy & fun for teacher and student!

Ranjani

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You make so interesting for kids to learn. Thanks for your informative post

Heather Amon

says:

Best program ever!

Melissa

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This is a wonderful program I cannot wait to use these with my children.

Satoko

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These are great! My kids like stickers so I’ll definitely try that!

Lindsey

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I absolutely love this program, using it to homeschool 5 of my littles and help at our co-op!! Plus all the awesome resources and tips are wonderful!

Natasha S.

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You never can have too many strategies in your tool bag to keep things fun and engaging.

Kelly Grundhofer

says:

These are great ideas! We are definitely going to use some.

Pat

says:

The fluency snowball fight is a great idea! All useful activities!

Laura

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I like the word search idea!

Rachel W.

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Two of my kids really enjoy All About Reading, especially Ziggy.

Candace

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Thanks for these great ideas!!

Shari Wells

says:

These are great ideas. Thank you for sharing.

Christina

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These are such great ideas to help your reader gain fluency! Thank you for sharing.

Adele Prinsloo

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Thank you for always sharing such beautiful fun resources!

Agatha

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These are such creative ideas! We love your AAS program and I’d love to win your AAR program to use with my younger children!

Maria Toomey

says:

These are all great ideas!

Sue

says:

These look like simple practical ideas that I could implement in our homeschool!

Jessica

says:

Great ideas, thanks!!!

Stephanie

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My family loves AAR so much! So glad we found this program!

Jenny

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Great ideas! My sons love reading the AAR books, but it’s a challenge to do the practice sheets without complaining. I love the word search idea. Thanks so much!

Lacy J van Vuuren

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These look like so much fun! Thank you for making them!

Cristian Cockerell

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Great Ideas!

Tracie Bergman

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He loves to decorate them with glue and glitter so he wants to finish them so he can do that!

Racquel Mabry

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These are all such great ideas for kinesthetic learners!

Janelle Lambe

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Great ideas!! We use the silly sentences a lot. In fact, sometimes I ask a question before my child reads the practice phrase, so their practice phrase becomes the “answer”. For example, “What is in your brothers pocket?” And my child reads, “six frogs”.

Marie Rippel

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I love your silly sentences idea, Janelle! That’s a great variation, so fun!

Jenn B

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We love playing swat the word! The snowball activity sounds fun too.

Julia

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Thank you for all these fun ideas to help our kids along!

Miranda Brooks

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I’m so greatful to have discovered All About Reading! I was afraid to attempt teaching my son to read but with AAR we’re both doing great! I’ll use this for my next 3 kids too!

Amy Beth McPherson

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This came at a perfect time. My son is been stuck on a lesson, due to dragging his feet through reading a practice pages. He can do it, they just bore him. I can’t wait to implement some of these. I am such a rule follower, I needed this help with creativity. Thank you! Every day he asks does this have an activity. He loves activity days!

Marie Rippel

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You’re welcome, Amy! I’m really happy to hear that your son loves the activities! :)

Melody

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Oooh, I love some of these ideas! These will be most helpful with my boys. Thank you!!

Brenda

says:

Love the resources and fun ideas!

Brittany

says:

We love these activities. Thanks for making it easier!

Tiffany

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I have just started with 2 of my boys using AAR level 1. We are loving it and they are doing so good. We love including the activities and doing so much hands on. We will have to try some of these ideas.

Tracey Southerland

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Love these ideas!

Jillian

says:

You always have such great products. My kids love AAR and AAS.

Jessica M

says:

We love the feeding games!

Natalie

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My kids loved these suggestions. We played the snowball and car games and it made the practice sheets so much more fun.

Alissa

says:

Thanks for all the helpful ideas!

Jillanna

says:

Thanks for the great tips. My 7 y/o tends to get bored during the review worksheet so I need some ideas.

Kristen

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I love that you provide so many ideas above and beyond your books!

Becky

says:

Great ideas! I want to try some of these!

Kerry Mand

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What an excellent resource! I used to make games out of lessons when my son was young and struggled to get through worksheets. Now that my grandson is 3, I’m looking to AAR once again to help him love reading as much as his mom does!

Laura B

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Thank you for the tips!

Rachael

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This so cool!

Erika

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For one of my sons (I’m using AAR for 3 different boys) we used a puppet. Looking at the practice sheet was overwhelming to him, but if I took turns reading different words as a puppet, he was excited to practice reading.

Beth

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This is our first year homeschooling and “practice” is an area where I’m struggling. These are great ideas and I know my kids will each dive right in to a few of them! Thanks so much!

Carol Olson

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Fantastic ideas! Ideas will carry over into other Speech/Language therapy tasks as well Thank you!

Katie

says:

Great ideas

Kendra

says:

Looks like some really good ideas to help with reading

Diana Meredith

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So many fun ideas! We do a few of these. Sometimes I just write the words or phrases on a white board, and my daughter loves erasing them or crossing them out.

Marie Rippel

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That’s a great idea, too, Diana! Thanks for sharing with us!

krystil

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I feel silly for not thinking of half of these myself!

Marie Rippel

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I’m sure you have plenty to do, Krystil! :) Parenting and homeschooling is hard enough without having to think up reading activities! Enjoy! :)

Jaqui

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This looks so fun! I’ve recently learned about this program through a friend and I’m excited to get it for my kids! This will not only help them but help me as well since English is my second language.

Amber

says:

What great ideas! Especially for a reluctant reader.

Marlene

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Thank you for these wonderful freebies. I am a retired teacher tutoring in k-4 groups in low income urban schools. These resources provide my students fun ways to learn basic skills. Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!

Robin E.

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You are welcome, Marlene, and thank you for the work you are doing with these children!

Hollie

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Wow! This monster idea is wonderful; I’m implementing it tomorrow in class.

Robin E.

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Hollie,
Feeding the monster is a favorite! We do have a “Feed the Puppy” activity too, and the instructions in it show how to make it self standing.

Jane

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Thanks for the Picture Book Library List. I know a lot of these publications but many are new to me and I will be searching for them at my local Library. The list should keep me going right into 2018.

Robin E.

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Jane,
You are welcome. Also, we occasionally add more book reviews to our Picture Book archive so check back once in a while.

Kaimaya

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Great ideas definitely using these in our lessons.

Mary

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I have bought some chunky stampers for one little girl to place at the end of each line after she reads it. There is a star, a spider, and a happy face etc.

Robin E.

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Mary,
I think stamps would be hugely motivating to a young reader! Great idea. Thank you for sharing it.

margaret casto

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I teach children with special needs and the hardest thing about teaching is motivating them. These activities look really fun and engaging.

Robin E.

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Margaret,
I think you will find our blog post 9 Ways to Keep Reading and Spelling Lessons Motivating helpful.

Jamie Figliozzi

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We put the practice sheets in sheet protectors and my son chooses the sections he wants to read and we mark them with dry erase markers. The next day, we finish the ones we did not do. This gives him more control over his learning. This works for us so far. I put the whole workbook in sheet protectors so we can revisit anything we need to. Practice sheets are also great for extra dictation practice in All About Spelling.
I like the fresh idea you presented that get him moving.

Robin E.

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Jamie,
Those sheet protectors are so useful for many things. Thank you for sharing this.

Kari

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Thanks for the great ideas! My son thought the fluency sheets were torture at first, but then the Feed the Monster game changed that for him. The biggest discovery was that he appreciates having the words cut up so he can focus on one word, phrase or sentence at a time. It has made things much better for us!

Robin E.

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Kari,
Thank you for letting us know which of these tips have most helped your son. It’s great to hear that they have worked.

Barbara

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I appreciate your helpful tips! Thanks.

Michelle

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Very helpful ideas. Thank you!

Taura

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Awesome!
My Level 1 chose suggestions #2,3,4! :-)

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Taura,
Feeding the monster is a fan favorite. Some have glued the monster onto a box, bag, or oatmeal container before cutting the mouth out to allow him to stand up and to catch the words inside.

Laura

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I’m a first year homeschooler with a Kindergartener using Lever 1 AAR. I am slowly understanding that I need to slow down our lessons to spend the time on fluency. My daughter hates the fluency practice sheets, but we have found some good ways to spice them up.
1. I laminate them and let her cross them out with a wet erase marker. That way we can come back to it and review another day once we have cleaned it off.
2. Today, in our basement, which has a tile floor, I told her she could hop from tile to tile by reading a word. If she hopped all the way across the room and back, she earned a special treat.
3. Using a wet erase marker, I underlined all the words that could be acted out. I told her to just pick the yellow words, and then she acted them out, which got her moving.
4. We also made it a game to let her write the words out in sidewalk chalk outside, or in dry erase marker on our board, but only if she read the word first. She got to use all different colors and be fancy with it, which kept her motivated.

I’m breaking the fluency practice sheets up into 3 or 4 days, and slowing down our reading progress on purpose so we can make sure our foundation for reading is strong. Thanks for these other ideas, everyone!!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Laura,
Thank you for sharing all the ideas you have come up with to make the fluency sheets more motivating for your daughter. These are some great ideas. I especially like the one about reading action words and then acting them out.

Audra

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My son has enjoyed feeding the monster and also making him throw the words up. Boys!

Erica

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Thanks for some great tips! My daughter literally ran out of the room today when I brought out the dreaded fluency practice sheet. We clearly need to spice things up a bit!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Erica,
OH NO! Poor girl. I agree that maybe some spice and fun maybe in order.

Eileen

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I knew I’d seen this post here some time ago, since I’d found the “feed the monster” idea here while using another program. Now that I’m using yours (and LOVING it!!), I had to get back here to see what other ideas you and your readers may have. Wow, am I glad I did! Great ideas I’ll be putting to use *tomorrow*! Thanks so much for a wonderful reading program and this awesome resource. (And your search button is great! I found this post on the first try!!!)

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

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Eileen,
Thank you for the rave review! And thank you for mentioning the search button. We have had a team working on making the search function work better, and it’s great to hear they have succeeded.

Elena

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I love these little helps. I put this infographic in the front of our folder to remind me of ways to make it fun!!

Merry

says: Customer Service

What a good idea to put the infographic in your folder!

Vanessa

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I am loving these. We will definitely be using the “feed the monster” game. Thank you for the ideas!

Marie Rippel

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You’re welcome, Vanessa! Enjoy!

Leah s

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Thank you for these ideas!!

christi

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I made a race car track out of 4 pieces of computer paper taped together in a large square. The track ‘snakes’ around the pages (spaced to fit a match box car). We roll a dice and read that many words off the fluency sheet and then move that many spaces on the game board. When we get to the sentences I number them and whatever number we roll that is the sentence we read. (Although my son loves this game it can take a bit longer to get through the sheets…but great fun.) Oh, don’t forget to put some hazards on the board and rewards (flat tire go back 2 spaces, record breaking lap move ahead 1….etc.)

Marie Rippel

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Christi, not only do I love your matchbox car activity, but I’m laughing that you included road hazards. Obstacles along the way will keep things interesting!

Dorothy S

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One way I make fluency sheets fun for my son is to write out the words or sentences on a white sheet of paper with white crayon. I divide the paper into equally sized rectangles with a black marker. The words are written inside the rectangles with the white crayon. Periodically, I put a question mark in a rectangle instead of a word. My son colors inside each rectangle with a marker making the word magically appear. He then reads the word to me. When he colors in a rectangle and a question mark appears he chooses a slip of paper from a jar that I’ve prepared. Each slip of paper has a fun short activity that he gets to do with me like race mom to the end of the hall and back or hop around the table on one foot. After he does the activity he colors more rectangles and reads the words until he finds another question mark. The question marks are strategically placed so that he has a chance to get his wiggles out when he needs a break and gives him something to look forward to as he tackles his fluency practice. Having the words appear avoids the moans and groans because he doesn’t see a long list and it adds an extra cool factor.

Marie Rippel

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Dorothy, thank you so much for sharing this activity idea with us! The question marks certainly add a fun element, and the physical activity ideas will surely help kids burn off extra energy. This is a perfect multisensory activity!

Gayle Garretson

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To make reading a much friendlier task I have a point and prize system. In the corner of our white board I keep track of the points with a dry erase marker. !00 points = a prize. I give one point for every correct Phonogram Card and one point for every correct Word Card. They get 2 points for every mastered Word Card. I story = 5 points…you get the idea. To make the Fluency Practice Sheets more fun I give one point for every correct word they can read in 5 minutes. There are as many point variations as a person can think of.

Gayle Garretson

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I took the “feed your monster” paper and cut him out after coloring him. I glued the monster onto a cereal type box and cut a slit into his mouth into the box. All the “monster food” landed in the box.

Cherie

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Practice for the fluency sheets. My grandkids are both dyslexic. I rewrote the fluency sheets a little larger type. I put groups of words in smaller amounts for them to pass. They like to pass the small groups of words. It’s not so overwhelming for them in small groups . Also, the phrases and sentences. All the practice to pass really helps their fluency when reading the stories, which they love. Thank you for this program.

Pamela

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I cut them up and use them with the Ziggy games instead of the flash cards.

Mica

says:

I just ordered Level 1 for my kindergartner (what we were doing is not working for him), and the fluency sheets were the only thing I am worried about being difficult for us. Thank you for suggestions on how to break it up!

Aubrie

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Thank you all for these ideas, they will be so helpful! The fluency sheets have been our biggest challenge.

Holly

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Another idea- cut the words into long strips. Place on a long table or floor (like a road) and have child drive a matchbox car over the words as he reads them!

Holly

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I number the columns (1, 2, 3, 4) and then my son rolls a dice and has to read a word from the column with the respective number that he rolled. So if he rolls a 2, then he has to read a word from column #2. You could also number the rows (instead of the columns), and roll a dice and have him read the words in the row of the number he rolled.

Amy

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Love these ideas! We were skipping the practice sheets because my daughter would groan everytime she saw them and I did not want her to not enjoy reading. But then we hit initial and final word blends and I felt like she needed to try the fluency sheets. She has been doing really well but I can see what a difference the fluency sheets make even for readers that are going at a fast pace or reviewing. It has really helped her. I don’t make her do the whole sheet, but the new words and sentences. We used Do- A- Dot markers/paints and she put a colored dot on each one and had fun changing the color after she started a new line of words. Then today she used different colored markers and circled the words after she said them. I agree it is way too much to do in one sitting…either broken up over the day or on another day seems to work well. I think we will need some other ideas soon so I am looking forward to trying some of the other ones people suggested too! Thanks! Keep the ideas coming! :-)

Laura

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I love this idea! I cannot wait to see her excitement when I introduce this hungry little monster!

Lynda

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Love the ideas! We have used a few of these. We usually spread a “new knowledge lesson” (one where a new sound is being taught) over 3 days. I do an intro with the letter tiles on day 1, usually an activity on day 2 (like the flippers or games) and day 3 is another activity if there is one and finishing up. I then take the fluency sheet and break it up evenly over those 3 days as well. I highlight in 3 colors so my son can see he only has 1 color to do. I usually put the least amount from his fluency sheet on day 1 and the most on day 3.

Taura

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Thank you! This program has made learning simple, fun and effective!

Bethany

says:

Thanks for these tips! Although some days my daughter will work on the practice sheets with no problem, other days she dreads it… its a great way to add some variety! Thanks again! :)

Myko Mayer

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I used to, or rather my daughter used to, really hate practice sheets. But, an activity in AAR 2 or 3 inspired us. It was the one with a bunch of sheep with sentences on their backs. Each sheep said their phrase differently, sad, happy, scared, etc. It was hysterical.

Now, she loves our practice sheets, and so does her little sister who is approaching the end of AAR 1. First, I use stick figure drawings to illustrate rude, questioning, scared, happy, love struck, angry, worried, hopeful, etc faces. Next, I highlight the sentences to be practiced. Then, like charades, we randomly pick a sentence, my student reads it, and then hams it up for her audience. It’s so much fun. The results are noticeable, too! My older student reads like a little children’s librarian sometimes.

Our family thanks you for everything!

Kathy

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I love this dramatized version! Very creative and memorable I’m sure!!

Gail Shealy

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My son is 7 years old. He likes for me to write the words on the white board. He reads them randomly and I have to find them and erase them. It is fun for him to watch me try to find the words that he has read. Giving him the choice of which words to read, and making a game of finding them, has made this a fun exercise for us both.

Mary

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Making a word wall is a great idea. I have a small interactive whiteboard in my office and using ‘table’ in Word I was able to make a template in which the borders made a brick wall pattern. I type the word on the bricks, say them one at a time while my student circles them. Reversing the game in the way that you do is a great idea..

Kelly

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THANK YOU! The fluency practice is the hardest part for us. My daughter gets so frustrated with them. I am so excited to try some of these ideas with her. :)

Molly Ross

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My daughter enjoys earning a treat or privilege for completing each section.

Katie

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In case this is helpful for others:
After my kids finish reading a section, I read it. It seems to help them make sense of what they just read and gives them confidence to keep reading. It also gives them an example of fluent reading (on the sentence practice) and intonation. It has skyrocketed our success with AAR and decreased tears along the way!!

Karen

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We have cut up the practice sheets and hidden them around the room. When you find a part, you read it before finding the next part. Lots of fun!!!

Karen Henry

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When using AAR Level 1, I needed to break up the lesson that entailed a practicce sheet. Otherwise the lesson became to overwhelming and long. What I did to make the sheets fun was to add a snack during the practice sheet lesson or “practice sheet day” as we call it. We made popcorn, or munched on trail mix, granola bars, or fruit snacks on “practice sheet day”. I placed the snack at the end of each line or chunk of words. Then made a big deal of excitement when she finished and got to eat her piece of snack. It worked well and we had fun. After we completed the practice sheet, I would read a story. While I read the story, we snuggled up, and she munched on the rest of her snack!

Ashleigh S

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I’ve found that breaking up the practice sheets made them less overwhelming for my daughter. I used three colored highlighters and used them to divide the page up. For example, I chose to highlight line one- blue, line two- yellow, line three- green and then repeat until the end of the sheet. Then my daughter was allowed to pick a color to read. That way she would get a little of all the different styles in the practice sheets, but not feel overwhelmed.

Kimberly

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My kids love using Green, Yellow, and Red sticker dots. I use green for “go” (i.e., start here). I use Red for Stop – I put it where I expect them to stop. If they go all out and get to the yellow (it was the only other smiley sticker I had that day), which is further than the red dot they get something special.

I’m for sure going to do the numbering lines and rolling a die. My daughter almost always counts the lines and letters in the words before reading them. She’ll love that addition of math to her reading time. :)

Andrea

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love the green for go and red for stop

Samantha

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Can’t wait to feed our monster and use the highlighter. Loved this post of ideas to switch it up. We have been covering part of the paper and using a sticker after each section is complete. On sheets we have struggled with we have used the tiles and I have given chocolate chips or marshmallow as needed!

Marie Rippel

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Samantha, I’m glad that these ideas have been helpful to you, and chocolate is always good to have on hand as well. :)

Sasha

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This has been so timely, we also are struggling through the sheets, one with Lesson 12 and one with 22. These tips are practical, helpful, and easy to implement. I love everyone else’s suggestions too. Thanks to you and everyone who commented their succinct ideas!

Marie Rippel

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Sasha, I’m so thankful that this blog post helped you. I love hearing the additional tips and ideas that everyone has for using practice sheets. What a wealth of information!

SF

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My son and I were stumbling through lesson 22 (ending blends) in AAR1. He was having a lot of trouble with them – the practice groupings are by consonant blends, but he was keeping the whole word family, including the vowel. I started spelling out each practice word with the letter tiles to show him which letters stayed and which ones changed. He not only got the idea, he loved it! We did about 3/4 of the fluency pages that way; we only switched back for the sentences. Thank you for such a great program!

Merry

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Great work, SF! Blends can be really tricky for some kids, and you handled this well. So glad you and your son are enjoying the program!

Mars Araiza

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Awesome Idea. Definitely will use it.

Ellie

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Some days, I pencil in numbers 1-6 along the sides of the different sections of one of the practice sheets. Then my son rolls a die. He reads the section that corresponds to the number on the die. For each section he completes, he gets a chocolate chip or a skittle, etc. So he has the “control” of whether he eats six treats or only 2 or 3, depending on how much reading he is willing to do. (He has always gone for six!) We don’t complete all the pages of the Practice Sheets this way, but it helps break up the monotony.

Kathy

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Love this! The pot of “gold” at the end of the reading!

Andrea

says:

great idea with dice and candy – I think my 6 year old will love this option

Kara

says:

These are fabulous tips and ideas! Thank you for the helpful free downloads. It is one more things that set AAR and AAS apart.

Marie Rippel

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Thank you, Kara! :)

Cherie

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My grandkids that I teach have not liked the fluency sheets either. Both are dyslexic. I decided to retype them
making the words a little larger type. I then cut them in sections with 3-4 rows each section. I labeled them by lesson and group number. I hand them a section or two and have them practice. After 3 practices on different days I let the see if they can pass that section. They have to get every word correct to pass. They like trying to pass the sections. Being dyslexic I think it is important for them to pass the words, because they will change the vowels, ending , add a sound, etc. Typical dyslexic problems. I also, typed all the phrases and all the sentences in groups together. They would read the phrases and then just memorize what they said an repeat it for the sentence and just say it and not really read it.

Marie Rippel

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Cherie, you are doing such a good job with your grandkids! I love how you are adapting the fluency sheets for their particular needs.

Mary

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I have just asked permission to retype phrases and sentences for one of my students who is autistic. I have been given photographs of him on holidays so I type one sentence about him using vocabulary that he is learning or I include words like ‘dinosaur’ which have such an interesting shape that he can whole word recognise/read easily if I teach it first. I add two pictures or photographs per page of five or six sentences or phrases.. I try not to l let him see the pictures until he has read the sentences or phrases. Then I give him a highlighter pen to draw a line from the pictures to the correct sentences or phrases.

These are all great suggestions as each child needs a different motivator–and even those differ from day to day for a given child! I think Choice–no matter how trivial–is the most reliable technique for motivating children.

Marie Rippel

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Good point! Choice is a great motivator.

Always love seeing new ideas that will help my kiddos!

Ginger

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Thanks for these suggestions!! We are in level 2 and I’ve done the “breaking up” tip using white paper so that only one sections is showing (or even folding the practice sheet), the alternating reading lines, as well as the tip for indicating the beginning and end with colored dots.

For the end of level 1 we ended up doing two days per lesson with fluency sheets – doing all but the fluency sheets of the lesson on the first day and the fluency sheet the next day.

I absolutely LOVE the monster idea and the highlighter to mark progress! Can’t wait to try those!

Marie Rippel

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Folding the practice sheet is another good idea! I hope the monster and the highlighter ideas go over well in your household, Ginger!

Emily Woodall

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Fluency practice had become a chore in our home. My dyslexic 8-year-old daughter would break down in tears anytime I pulled out a practice sheet. A couple of strategies that helped for us is using colored highlighters to color code each line. I can then ask her to read blue lines during one practice session, green lines another time and orange lines another time. Also, my husband now snuggles up with our kids and practices fluency with them. They love one-on-one time with daddy. It is even more effective for us if we do this at bedtime. The kids think they are getting to “stay up late” by practicing their reading. lol

Kathy

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Now THAT is precious! I like the strategy of creating a “treat” out of doing reading practice — and getting Dad involved! Fabulous!

Marie Rippel

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Wonderful ideas, Emily! Thanks for taking the time to share with us!

Steph T

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We will sometimes play “popcorn” with the practice sheets, reading the words in a completely random order (not including the practice sheets with sentences). We might miss a few words this way, but we get through the sheet with far less grumbling and complaining. Plus, I can pick out words that I know my student needs to practice reading most.

Marie Rippel

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What a great idea, Steph! I could see popping some real popcorn for a extra special treat once in a while, too! Thanks for sharing!

Liza

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Thank you for all the effort to help teaching spelling and reading a little easier. May God prosper the works of your hands.

Marie Rippel

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Thank you, Liza! I appreciate your kind words!

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