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12 Great Ways to Review Reading Word Cards

8 Great Ways to Review Reading Word Cards - All About Reading

Let’s face it. Daily review can be, well…boring. But regular review is one of the most important factors in retaining and recalling previously taught material. In other words, review makes learning stick! That’s why daily review of the Word Cards in All About Reading helps children master what they’re learning—permanently.

If reviewing the Word Cards has become a chore for you and your child, you have full permission to get creative and make them fun again! Practice sessions can become another part of the lessons that your child looks forward to.

The activities below are specifically geared toward use with All About Reading Word Cards, but if you’re looking for ideas for reviewing spelling words, check out 10 Great Ways to Review Spelling Word Cards as well!

12 Great Ways to Review Reading Word Cards!

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Create a Life-Sized Game Board

Make a big circle on the floor with a pile of upside-down Word Cards. Each player throws a pair of dice and moves that number of spaces around the circle, counting each card as he steps on it. If the player can read the card he stops on, he keeps the card. If he can’t read it, he puts the card back. Keep rolling the dice and moving around the circle until all the cards have been collected.

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Get Moving!

For this game you’ll need an exercise ball and a long hallway. Put a pile of Word Cards upside-down at the far end of the hallway. When you say go, have your child roll down the hall, pick up a card, and try to read it. If he reads it correctly, he runs back to the starting position with the ball and the card. If he can’t read the card, he must put it back in the pile. Continue the game until your child has correctly read all the words.

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Build a Word Card City

Create a city in your living room by arranging the Word Cards face down on the floor and furniture so that every Word Card is a building. Have your child drive around the city, reading the word as he arrives at each building. If he reads a word correctly, turn that card face up. The game continues until all the cards have been turned face up.

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Make Your Words Go KABOOM!

Write the word BOOM on several blank Word Cards. Mix up all your Word Cards and scatter them face down in a pile on the table. Players take turns selecting and reading cards from the pile. If a player reads a card correctly, he keeps the card. If he misses a card, he puts it back in the pile. If a player picks up a BOOM card, he has to return all his cards to the pile. Play continues until all the cards have been collected. (Shared by Pam B. at Ed Snapshots.)

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Get Some Exercise

Place one or two Word Cards face up on each step of your staircase. Have your child stand at the bottom of the staircase. Say a word aloud and have your child hop up the stairs until he locates the matching Word Card. Have your child read the word. If he has found the correct card, he keeps the card. If it’s the wrong card, he leaves it on the step. Play continues until all the Word Cards have been found.

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Enjoy Some “Color-By-Word” Fun

Find a coloring book with big pictures that have large coloring spaces. Write the day’s Word Card words in the spaces. Point to a word (or give oral instructions for finding the word, such as “find the word in the grass”) and have your child read it. If the word is read correctly, the child colors in the space. Keep playing until all the words have been read and the entire picture has been colored.

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Bounce a Beach Ball

Write each of your review words on a plastic beach ball using a dry erase marker. Toss the beach ball back and forth. When your child catches the ball, have him read the word his hand is closest to. If he reads it correctly, erase the word. Play continues until all the words have been erased. (Idea shared by Marlo on Facebook.)

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Go On an Adventure

Use your imagination and your Word Cards to create your own amazing adventure. Here is Harley’s adventure: “The evil Nightmare Moon has captured sweet Twilight and Rainbow Dash! Now Harley must traverse the treacherous Word Road in order to save them! Can he read the words and thwart the frightful filly, or will his pony friends be in perpetual peril?(Shared by @craftynotcreative via Instagram.)

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Read Word Cards—with a “Twist”!

This one is a ton of fun—for teacher and student! Place Word Cards in various circles of a Twister game mat. Play the game as usual, but with a “twist”. Before your child can claim a space, he has to correctly read the card on the spot. It’s reading practice and P.E. all at the same time! (Shared by Shawna at Not the Former Things.)

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Pop Some Bubble Wrap

This one is bound to be a favorite! Place a large piece of bubble wrap on the floor and place Word Cards in rows on the bubble wrap. Have your child read the words. Once he has read a word correctly he gets to stomp on the card. Then the bubble wrap does what bubble wrap does. Hey…it’s bubble wrap. What’s not to love? (Shared by Shawna at Not the Former Things.)

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Achieve New Heights!

This super fun idea came from a 7-year old fan! Do you have a balcony? Or maybe a second story window? I hope you’re not afraid of heights, because you’ll need a high spot for this one. Even standing on a chair or step stool will work. Once you’ve found your high spot, drop the Word Cards, one at a time, and have your child catch the cards as they float down. After he reads the card, drop the next one. (Shared by Melinda via Facebook.)

8 Great Ways to Review Word Cards - All About Learning Press

Create a Word Web!

Tape a web of string to the walls of a narrow hallway. Attach word cards (or phonogram cards) to the string with bobby pins or small clothes pins. Players make their way through the web, selecting cards and reading them aloud as they go. If a word is missed, reattach it to the web. Have your student continue through the web until all words have been read correctly. (Shared by Jill via AAR & AAS Facebook Support Group.)

Ideas for Reviewing Word Cards, Recommended by Our Readers

  • Play “beat the teacher.” Show flashcards one at a time. If your child knows the word, the card goes in his pile. If he doesn’t know it, it goes in your pile. Whoever finishes with the biggest pile wins. (Recommended by Jill R. via Facebook)
  • Put all your words into a PowerPoint presentation, one word on each slide. The reader is allowed to advance the slide after she reads a word correctly. (Recommended by @szimbelman100 via Instagram)
  • Write the words on a glass door/window in dry erase, and let your child read the words and shoot them with a Nerf gun. (Recommended by Kelly B. via blog comment)
  • Use a favorite board and/or card game to review Word Cards. Before each turn the child has to read one or two of his review Word Cards – to gain an extra turn he can spell a word that he’s mastered. (Recommended by Rachel W. via blog comment)
  • Take groups of Word Cards and hide them around the room. After your child finds a few, have him read them and then hunt for some more! (Recommended by Leah via blog comment)
  • Play tic-tac-toe! I make a 3×3 grid of cards and we take turns reading a card and placing a colored token on it. My son added the rule that reading a “Leap Word” card earns an extra turn. (Recommended by Andrea R. via Facebook)
  • My son likes to fish, so we have used his fake fishing pole (a Swiffer extender rod with rope on the end) or lasso to “catch” flash cards strewn about on the ground. (Recommended by Tara via blog comment)
  • Post Word Cards on a fence and let your child whack them with a foam sword as he reads them correctly. (Recommended by Penny via blog comment)
  • I tape cards all around our fence and have the boys kick a ball towards them. Whichever card they hit, they have to read. We have also adapted this for hockey and basketball. Anything to keep the boys moving! (Recommended by Stacy via blog comment)
  • During warm weather play “word splat.” Write words on the bricks on the side of the house, pick a word and she throws a splat ball or a wet sponge at the word. (Recommended by Marguerite via blog comment)
  • My son likes to play charades using the review Word Cards. (Recommended by Michelle I. via blog comment)
  • Practice reading cards that are hidden around the house. We play “cold or hot” until he finds one. If he reads it correctly then he gets to check it off the master list. Once all are found and he successfully read each one, he gets to pick a fun book for me to read to him or board game to play. (Recommended by Christina via blog comment)
  • My daughter loves stories. So I make up a story as she goes through the Word Cards. I pause for her to read the next Word Card to continue the story, trying not to make it predictable. I just make the stories up on the fly, and it can make for some pretty crazy ones, which she loves! (Recommended by Jennifer via blog comment)

After you practice Word Cards, why not review compound words? Our free downloadable Banana Splits Game offers fun for practice students of all reading levels.

Banana Splits Game

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Crystal Taylor

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We’re starting level 1 this winter and love all these ideas for making review words fun!

Robin E.

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I’m glad you like these ideas, Crystal! Making review enjoyable is so important.

Kathy Sullivan

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I absolutely love all the ideas for fun with reading! The route schedule can get taxing quickly so mixing it up with play is a win win for our homeschool. Thank you All About Learning for making learning fun!

Robin E.

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You’re so welcome, Kathy!

Andrea Gade

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Great ideas! I love the beach ball game!

Robin E.

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Glad you like it, Andrea! The beach ball one is especially great when your student just needs to get up and so something active.

Tulisha Scott

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So very many ideas. Thank you!

Alyssa

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I have also done the beach ball activity using balloons, in case you don’t have a beach ball.

Robin E.

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Oooo, great idea, Alyssa! Thank you.

Katie Henderson

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I am so excited for my son to start AAS. I love all the active and hands on learning without having a ton of preparation

Robin E.

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Sounds great, Katie! Let me know if you have any questions.

Shara

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These ideas are fabulous, there are some that I’ve used before and others I plan to start using now.

Robin E.

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Glad you like them, Shara!

Alicia Lynch

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Anything to get my girl moving. She is a kinetic learner and sitting still just doesn’t work for her.

Robin E.

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With that in mind, Alicia, take a look at our 19 Activities for Kinesthetic Learning blog post as well.

Kylie Rudulph

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Anything that turns into a game grabs my son’s attention and he wants more! Thanks for some great ideas to keep us moving through our day.

Robin E.

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Kylie,
Yes! Games are such a great way to make reviewing seem like play so children will want to do more of it.

Vida Sensei

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I love this program. It has been a game changer in our life. thank you!

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You are so welcome, Vida! I’m so happy to hear that it’s working out so well for you.

Shana O.

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Great, creative ideas for teaching at home. A lot of these will engage and work well with struggling learners who have attention / sensory issues like some of my children do. Even if they aren’t a perfect fit for your young learner, they can be the spark that leads to an adaptation that opens the door to mastery – and that is what we all hope for.

Robin E.

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Great points, Shana! Yes, such activities can really make a difference for children that struggle in one way or another.

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This looks awesome. Would love to give it as a gift to my wife who is on this brave journey with my kids

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What a lovely gift, Kamal!

Betty Winford

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These are all incredible ideas. I struggle with creativity when it comes to school. Thank you this is amazing!

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You are very welcome, Betty!

Kristin S.

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These are great ideas! I’m excited to try them with my girls!

Paula Eversole

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My kids will love trying out the bubble wrap idea.

Kasey Gagnon

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Love these ideas

Bobbie

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Such great ideas! I especially like the beach ball idea!!

Tiffany Wilkins

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Good ideas!

Tami Sisemore

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Great ideas! ♥️

Angie

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Such fun ways to practice. Can’t wait to try them.

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Thank you for all the great tips and help!!

Isylma

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Great advice! Thank you.

Jessica

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Love all these ideas! I have just started my journey as a new homeschool mom after teaching elementary special Ed! I’m delighted with this curriculum! I have already started thinking of some fun ways to incorporate our new words. I’ll be sure to share once we finalize our fun new ways! Thank you for making a curriculum that can help those lost due to the “whole language” approach.

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I’m excited to see your ideas for fun ways to incorporate new words, Jessica!

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I like the bubble wrap idea because my son loves popping them.

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Who doesn’t love bubble wrap, Zena? 😊

Michele

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Thanks for all the great ideas! I love the ones recommended by the readers also. I have a feeling my son is going to love playing “Beat the Teacher!” Also, I never would have thought about using a dry erase marker on a beach ball. That idea can be used for so many things – I love it!

Robin E.

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Glad you like it, Michele!

Jelaine Aprile

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Love these ideas! I have never been very creative and need all the help I can get!

Lata

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These are awesome ideas!! Such a fun and creative way to get kids to learn. Thank you!

Rachel

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These are great ideas to have some fun while learning how to recognize words.

Carol J Beier

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Love the game!

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