30 Days of Reading Fun for Beginning Readers

Join us for 30 Days of Reading Fun for Beginning Readers!  This series is perfect for children who are ready to begin learning to read!


One of my very favorite things in the world is teaching children to read! As far as my own children are concerned, all of them have learned to read (or are currently learning) at different ages and stages of their development. I never want learning to read to become a chore or something they dread. Rather, I want it to be fun and meaningful! That’s why I decided to do this 30 Days of Reading Fun for Beginning Readers series. I want to show parents (and teachers) that learning to read can be fun and interactive while simultaneously embodying multiple modalities!


Just to be clear:  This series will not teach your child to read in 30 days.  Any blog post, book, or program that promises anything similar is failing to recognize that researchers have proven time and again that it takes English-speaking children at least 18 months to “break the code” and learn to read.  These are just fun activities to do while your child is learning.  If you want to teach your child to read, you need a systematic and explicit foundational reading program to follow that will teach a very prescribed method for phonemic awareness and phonics.  Pathways to Reading Homeschool is an incredible curriculum that does just this!


(And yes…I have made a habit out of month-long series here on the blog. I love the challenge of doing an activity every day for a consecutive month. I have done 31 Days of Indoor Activities for Toddlers, 31 Days of Outdoor Activities for Toddlers, and 31 Days of Pumpkin Activities. Unfortunately September only has 30 days, so we are making due with a 30-day series.)


My 5-year old daughter recently started kindergarten. She is currently going half-day so I have most of the afternoon to spend with her playing, eating lunch together, and practicing reading and math skills. My daughter is just beginning to learn to read. Although she has mastered all the letter names and sounds, we are now working on putting those sounds together! Because I am tailoring these activities to her current abilities, most of the activities below will already require some knowledge of letters and sounds.


The National Reading Panel (2000) has identified five main components of a balanced approach to teaching reading:  comprehension, vocabulary, phonemic awareness, phonics instruction, and fluency. Each of these components are fundamental to helping a child learn to read and each will be a focus for each day of the week in the coming month (Saturdays and Sundays will be “wacky” days as you will see below).


Here is how our 30 Days of Reading Fun for Beginning Readers will be structured…


Mondays:  Comprehension Activities

The entire goal of teaching a child to read is ultimately for him/her to comprehend what was read. It does little good for a child to be able to “sound out” words if she can’t remember or connect to what she has read. On Mondays we will focus on comprehension strategies to use after reading picture books.

Reading Comprehension Recording Sheets
Fiction and Nonfiction Book Sort
Activating Schema using Nonfiction
Simple Story Map Printable
Roll and Retell Reading Comprehension Activity

Tuesdays:  Phonemic Awareness Activities

“Phonemes” are the smallest units of sound in the English language. “Phonemic Awareness” consists of hearing the individual sounds, recognizing them, and learning how to manipulate the sounds within a word. Phonemic awareness does not include any written symbols (i.e. letters)…it is solely about the sounds. Our Tuesdays will mainly include simple games or activities to do while driving in the car or waiting at a doctor’s office.

Bubble Gum Stretch Phonemic Awareness Activity
Drumming Syllables
Rhyming Words Matching Activity
“Where is the Sound?” Phonemic Awareness Activity


Wednesdays:  Vocabulary and Sight Words

Your child’s vocabulary will be expanded exponentially as you read together. The more books you read to him/her, the more language and vocabulary he/she is exposed to. Because of this, most of our “vocabulary” instruction will come in the form of sight words for beginning readers. Sight words, also known as high-frequency words, are the most common words in our written language and are often difficult to decode phonetically because they do not follow the words of phonics. Students must memorize these specific words to improve their reading fluency.

Sight Word Fishing
Sight Word Spray
Sight Word ZINGO
Environmental Print BINGO


Thursdays:  Phonics Fun

Phonemic awareness and phonics go hand in hand. Where phonemic awareness focuses on the sounds only, phonics includes on associating sounds with their written symbols (letters).

Beginning Sound Match
Build-a-Word Magnetic Tray
Word Family Pull Out Activity
Roll & Write


Fluency Fridays

Fluency is just a fancy word for the speed, accuracy, ease, and inflection with which one reads. We will explore a few different methods for improving reading fluency, but mostly we will focus on reading aloud during this day as most beginning readers are still decoding most of the time. Your child will become more fluent as a reader the more you read aloud to him/her.

Choral Reading
Punctuation Sentences for Fluency
Partner Reading
Chapter Book Read-Aloud


Wacky Weekends

The weekends in this series will include random literacy activities that are simple and don’t necessarily fit one of the above categories. Some activities will include capital and lowercase letter matching and others will involve writing (as reading and writing go hand-in-hand). With three children all involved in soccer this fall and Sunday filled with church activities, our weekend activities will be short and sweet!


I will update this post each day to include the latest activities. You can also follow along on my Instagram page or the hashtag #30DaysofReadingFun.



Day 1:  Pushpin Letters

Day 2:  Reading Comprehension Recording Sheets

Day 3:  Bubble Gum Stretch Phonemic Awareness Activity




Day 4:  Sight Word Fishing

Day 5:  Beginning Sound Match

Day 6:  Choral Reading (reading aloud in unison)



Day 7:  “What’s Gnu?” ThinkFun Game

Day 8:  Capital and Lowercase Puzzle Match

Day 9:  Fiction and Nonfiction Book Sort



10. Drumming Syllables

11. Sight Word Spray

12. Build-a-Word Magnetic Tray



13. Punctuation Sentences for Fluency 

14. Paper Plate Beginning Sound Activity

15. Clothespin Capital and Lowercase Matching Activity



16. Activating Schema using Nonfiction

17. Rhyming Words Matching Activity

18. SightWord Zingo



19. Word Family Pull Out Activity

20. Partner Reading

21. Stamping Sight Words in Playdough



22. Consonant and Vowel Toss & Sort

23. Simple Story Map Printable

24. “Where is the sound?” Phonemic Awareness Activity



25. Environmental Print BINGO

26. Roll & Write

27. Chapter Book Read-Aloud



28. Egg Carton CVC Words

29. Printable Rhyming Words Memory Game

30. Roll & Retell Reading Comprehension Activity


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