Monday, February 8, 2010


Whenever you are going to work with your child, and especially if you are unsure of what you are doing (You are doing great, by the way, don't worry), it is always good to preread what they are reading.

Not to screen it, but to get yourself prepared. When you are going to teach them something, you want to read ahead and kind of think through how they might get tripped up, and locate specific parts where you can stop and talk about what you want to teach.

Think like they do.

Also, think about maybe one or two times you can actually model what you are trying to get them to do, then maybe two or three times where you both can practice together, and then maybe one or two times where they can do it on their own.

Go from total support to having them do it on their own.

For example, if you are working on decoding, show them the first couple times how you sound out a word. Then the next few times, sound it out together, and the last few times, have them try it on their own.

Always support until you feel they are ready to do it on their own. Don't worry, sometimes we think we are "giving" them answers. That's not what I am saying. I am saying they need to see and hear what good readers do so they can begin doing it on their own.

You are a great teacher, don't ever doubt the power of your reading with your child!!!!!!!!!

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