As a teacher, one of the most exciting (and in my case, possibly frantic) tasks, is setting up a classroom. How should the environment be set up to assist learning? What should be constantly available for students? I think visual prompts to assist reading skills certainly belong to a section of the classroom.
Reading: When Children Don’t Know The Word
When a child is learning to read, they often come across words they don’t know. Here are some useful questions to help children figure out those new words.
- Can I sound it out?
- What is the first sound?
- Do I know any other sounds?
- Do I know the sounds of some groups of letters?
- Can I look for a little word in the bigger word?
- Re-read the sentence.
- What word would make sense? Does it match the print? Try it out.
- Read on to the end of the sentence. Think about a word that would make sense.
- Look at the pictures.
- Do I know a word that looks like this one?
- Can I change some letters to make a word I know?
These questions would also be helpful to have readily at home as children practise and integrate their reading skills and strategies.
Click here for a free printable of the above reading strategies when children don’t know the word. (In the free printable PDF version, the words “free printable” have been removed).
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