Learning & Growing Since 1997
(Strategies to use when you come to a tricky word!)
* Look at the picture for clues.
* Think - What would make sense?
* Look at the first/last letters.
* Look for chunks.
* Look for mini-words, does it help?
* Does this look like another word you know?
* What would sound right?
* Get your mouth ready.
* Stretch it out.
* Make a guess.
* Skip the word and go to the end of the sentence. Then come back and try again.
* If necessary, just skip the word and move on or ask someone. ****Remember to come back and reread the sentence if you figure out the word!!
* Keep a set of magnetic letters on your refrigerator to increase word knowledge, ( practice Word Wall Words!)
* Use shaving cream or sand to practice Word Wall Words.
* Write notes back and forth to your child everyday("Do you want to wear your blue or black shirt?"" Do you want pudding or ice cream for dessert?" " Do you want to read Clifford or Froggie at bedtime?") Consider getting a small dry erase board to use (it adds to the fun!)
* Let your child see you read everyday, ("I need to read the directions on this cake mix." "I need to read the road sign to know which way to go.")
* Reread old favorite books together
* Take a picture walk "sneak peek" to get your minds ready to read.
* Read to your child EVERY day.
* Ask questions as you read..."What do you think is going to happen next?" "Wonder why he/she has that look?" "Wonder why he/she is doing that?"
* Talk about the story..."I wonder...", "What if...", "Why do you think...", "What do you think would have happened if...", "Does this story remind of any others you've heard/read?" "How?" "How do you feel this story was the same/different as the last one we read by this author?"
* Make this time count! Snuggle, laugh, cuddle, be silly, make it fun, ENJOY each other!!!