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When children are beginning readers, we often encourage them to “sound words out” but there are some other strategies that we can and should suggest. There are many words that don’t lend themselves to “sounding out.” If you think of your own reading, you probably have used some or all of these strategies – 1. […]

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When children are beginning readers, we often encourage them to “sound words out” but there are some other strategies that we can and should suggest. There are many words that don’t lend themselves to “sounding out.” If you think of your own reading, you probably have used some or all of these strategies –

Beginning Readers should use these strategies to read difficult words





1. Beginning readers should look at the illustrations. I once worked with a child whose mom covered the illustrations so he couldn’t use picture clues when reading! Please don’t do that! Reading pictures is part of a child’s early reading experience. That is why almost all easy-to-read books are generously illustrated. Please, encourage your child to use picture clues.

2. Beginning readers are allowed to skip the tricky word and read the rest of the sentence. The rest of the sentence may give your child enough other information to help him figure out the word. As an aside, sometimes books use relatively simple words but include difficult-to-read names for characters. If your child can manage the story but stumbles over reading a character’s name, suggest calling the character by his or her initial and avoid the challenge altogether. It won’t make a bit of difference to your child’s understanding of the story (unless there are two tricky names and both start with the same letter!).

3. Beginning readers sometimes check out the first couple of letters and then make a guess. Not very scientific but we all do it! Keep in mind that the larger your child’s listening and speaking vocabulary, the better his guesses are likely to be.

4, Beginning readers should be encouraged to ask for help . When I listen to a young child read, my number one goal is that she enjoy the experience. I want her to want to read. I don’t want her to get hung up and frustrated. If I can make the reading experience more pleasant – by acting as a resource when she encounters difficult words – then she is more likely to attempt challenging books.


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Word Family and Word Chunk Printables http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2011/01/22/parent-teacher-printables-games-activities-for-reading/free-pdf-word-family-word-chunk-printables/ http://www.storytimestandouts.com/2011/01/22/parent-teacher-printables-games-activities-for-reading/free-pdf-word-family-word-chunk-printables/#respond Sat, 22 Jan 2011 17:40:09 +0000 http://www.storytimestandouts.com/?p=2281 Word Family and Word Chunk Printables | Storytime Standouts

Whether supporting my own children as they learned to read, tutoring kindergarten and/or grade one children who are struggling with reading or presenting my Beginning to Read program to five and six year olds, I have always been a great fan of teaching Word Families.

Introducing the concept of Word Families helps children to understand that elements of words are the same. Three words may have different parts but they may also be very alike. Once a child learns to decode the word “RING,” he can be encouraged to substitute the beginning sound and read, “SING” or “BRING.”

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Word Family and Word Chunk Printables | Storytime Standouts

A quick post to highlight the new, free word family printables offered on this site…

Our early childhood literacy printables are in PDF format, if you don’t already have Adobe Reader, you will need to download it to access the word family printables.





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We have ten printable Word Family flip books Note: There is a file embedded within this post, please visit this post to download the file.. These are great for children to put together. They will need scissors and a stapler. If you aren’t sure how to assemble the flip books, you’ll find instructions here: Note: There is a file embedded within this post, please visit this post to download the file.



We also have Word Family printables that include pictures, the picture clues help beginning readers to decode each word:

The All Word Family Note: There is a file embedded within this post, please visit this post to download the file.
The An Word Family Note: There is a file embedded within this post, please visit this post to download the file.
The Ap Word Family Note: There is a file embedded within this post, please visit this post to download the file.
The At Word Family Note: There is a file embedded within this post, please visit this post to download the file.
The Ed Word Family Note: There is a file embedded within this post, please visit this post to download the file.
The Ell Word Family Note: There is a file embedded within this post, please visit this post to download the file.
The Ig Word Family Note: There is a file embedded within this post, please visit this post to download the file.
The Ip Word Family Note: There is a file embedded within this post, please visit this post to download the file.
The It Word Family Note: There is a file embedded within this post, please visit this post to download the file.
The Og Word Family Note: There is a file embedded within this post, please visit this post to download the file.
The Op Word Family Note: There is a file embedded within this post, please visit this post to download the file.
The Ot Word Family Note: There is a file embedded within this post, please visit this post to download the file.

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