How to help your child figure out a hard word when reading:

  1. Put your finger on the word and say all the letters.
  2. Use the letters and the picture clues.
  3. Look for a rhyme you know.
  4. Keep your finger on the word and finish the sentence. Pretend it is the covered word.

We will explore each of these tips in more depth in upcoming posts. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed.

Word Coaching Steps For Parents

I don’t know that word.

 

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  1. […] It is very important here that children are saying the letters – not sounding out the word by saying individual sounds. English is not a sound-it-out-letter-by-letter language and the struggling readers are the ones who try to do it letter by letter. We want them to say all the letters so that we know that they have indeed looked at them all in the right order and having them say them is the only way to know for sure. We also want them to say the letters because there is strong evidence that retrieval from your brain’s memory store is auditory. If you are just looking at letters and searching in your brain for that word or a rhyming word, it is apt to be harder to find than if you say the letters out loud so your brain can “hear” them. When your child says all the letters and then successfully pronounces the word, cheer! “See it was there. You just had to say it so that your brain could find it!” 1/3 to 2/3 of the time, children will get the word at this stage. If not, proceed to step two. Check out the beginning post of Word Coaching Steps For Parents. […]

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  4. […] Most times, if children are reading at the right level, they will be able to figure out the words using these four steps. Your should cheer and talk about how they did it! If they can’t figure it out, it is often a word they don’t have in their listening vocabulary. Leave us your comments. Your feedback is greatly appreciated. Let us know what other topics you would like to have discussed. Need to check some word coaching steps? […]

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