Friday, January 28, 2011

Figuring Out Tricky Words

I remember learning to read in the early 80's. My parents would tell me to just "sound it out". If only it were that simple. The days of telling our young readers to "just sound it out" are over. This does not always work as some words just don't sound like they are spelled. Learning to read is a lofty task, and fortunately good readers are able to attack unknown words with a variety of strategies.

When your child is learning to read, it is important for them to try to figure out "tricky words" on their own instead of being told what the word is.

Good readers figure out "tricky words" by:

1. looking at the pictures.

2. getting their mouths ready to make the first sound.

3. chunking the word. Look for small words inside the bigger words.

4. skipping hard words and then going back and figuring out what makes sense.

5. rereading. Ask yourself... Does it look right? Does it sound right? Does it make sense?

6. thinking of rhyming words they know.

Please remember to remind your child about these strategies and practice them at home. Thank you for all your help! :)

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