Your child will race across a room by taking one step for each common or high-frequency word they read before a timer goes off.
Get ready for this activity by writing one common or high-frequency word on each card. Select the words from a word list in Tips.
Choose a space in your home or outside. Decide on a starting point and a finish line.
Explain the activity to your child. “We are going to play a word reading game. I will set a timer and show you one word card at a time. You will take one step every time you read a word correctly! If you don’t remember the word or say it incorrectly, you won’t take a step. But I’ll read the word, then you’ll read the word, and I’ll put it back in the stack and you’ll get another try.”
Read each word card to your child and have them read it back to you before you begin. Show your child where to start and where the finish line is (e.g., from one wall to another in a room, or 10 feet away on a sidewalk). “Ready? Let’s see how far you can get before the timer goes off.” Set the timer for 30 seconds if using 10 cards, and begin.
If you run out of cards before the timer goes off, use the cards again. Remember, if your child misses a word, read the word to them, have them read the word, and then place it in the middle of the stack. Remember to work quickly because you are racing against time!
When the timer goes off, shuffle the cards and play another round. If your child seems to need more time, increase the time by 10 seconds. Celebrate reaching the finish line!