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Here's Why Reading Is Important:
1) Navigation. Reading maps and road signs helps us get around without having to ask too many questions.
2) Acquisition of Skills. For instance, reading how-to articles teaches us how something is done.
3) Financial Gain. Better reading skills are directly correlated with higher paychecks, on average.
4) Personal Independence. There's nothing like learning to do things yourself.
5) Improved mental capacity for tasks like memory and decision making. Reading strengthens these mental faculties, especially in children.
Scroll down to see the Top Five Reading Games for Kids.
Scroll further down for more reading links.
Another fun way to practice reading is with rhyming verse. See the poetry links below.
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The following Reading Games for Kids can produce some wonderfully creative results.
Reading Bingo - Play BINGO using words instead of numbers.
Mark any words that rhyme with the chosen word.
Rhyme Teams - Divide players into teams, and have the teams take turns calling out a word, to which the other team has 10 seconds to shout out words that rhyme with it.
Whichever team comes up with the most rhymes wins that round.
Rhyme Poker - Play poker using cards with words printed on them. One word per card. The object is to find rhymes.
Deal each player 5 cards, allow 1 or 2 rounds of exchanges, then have players show their cards.
The same rules apply as in ordinary poker. For example, if you have 3 rhyming word cards, it's Three of a Kind. If you also have a pair of words that rhyme, that would be a Full House.
Rhyme Scavenger Hunt - Write a word on each slip of paper, with words that rhyme with it (as well as words that don't) on other slips of paper. Hide all the words except one, which stays hidden. Send the kids hunting for rhymes.
Whoever finds the most rhymes wins.
Race Against Rhyme - Have all players write as many rhyming words as they can think of within a set time limit.
The player with the most rhymes wins.
Entertainment is everyone's favorite reason Why Reading Is Important.
Hit this link for a Classic Short Story from the public domain:
Told in the Drooling Ward, by Jack London
Go here for selected Moral Stories.
Visit here for Lion Tales.
See this page for more Aesop's Fables, other short stories, printable poems, and more.
Visit these links for two original contemporary short stories by Judee Shipman:
SHORT SWEET LOVE POEMS This little poetry collection is short, funny and maybe even a little bit naughty, but sweet nevertheless.
VALENTINE POEMS This page features a collection of short verses that alternate between charming, funny and downright absurd.
FRIENDSHIP POEMS Hit this link for poems about friendship that actually don't suck.
FUNNY POEMS Who doesn't enjoy a touch of humor here and there? And while you're at it, why not make it rhyme?
SPANISH POEM (with translation) This page contains a rhymed verse composed in Spanish, with an English translation.
AQUARIUS POETRY Poems from the Western Zodiac.
ARIES POETRY Poems from the Western Zodiac.
GEMINI POETRY Poems of the Western Zodiac.
LIBRA POETRY More Zodiac poetry.
PISCES POETRY Poems pertaining to the Pisces personality.
VIRGO POETRY A short, well-chosen selection of Virgo verse.
POETRY FROM EVERY STATE Read poems about the state you live in. This collection really capture the mood of geographically themed poetry.
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