Word Recognition Strategies

  • Helping Your Child Read Unknown Words:

    1. Look at the picture clues
    2. Ask:  Does it make sense?  Does it sound right?
    3. Read past the unknown word.  Say "m," for the unknown word, then read to the end of the sentence.  Go back and see what word makes sense and matches the letters that are there.
    4. Ask what word, that starts with these letters, would make sense.
    5. Does it look like a word you already know?  Are there word chunks you know?
    6. Reread the sentence.
    7. Look for the magic "e."
    8. The two vowel rule:  When two vowels go walking, the first one does the talking.
    9. Take off any suffixes (-ed, -ing, -est, -er, -s)
    10. Ask for help.

Young Reader Strategies

  • Parents are the first and most important teachers for their children.  Your encouragement and work with your children helps them enjoy reading and become a successful reader themselves.

    Strategies to Help Your Young Reader:

    • Set aside a regular time each day to share a book
    • Read to your child with expression and pleasure
    • Do not insist that they read aloud unless they are willing.  This should be a time of togetherness and warmth, not a time of teaching or testing.
    • Choose some favorite poems to read aloud.  Have your child read the poems and acquire fluency.  Repeated reading can be fun and helpful if the poems are humorous.
    • Recognize that reading is still a difficult and tiring task.  Be supportive and patient, appreciating the effort that it requires.
    • As you read to your child, stop periodically and talk about the pictures in your imagination.  Ask your child what they picture, or "visualize."  Some children need more help turning words into mental pictures.
    • Keep the faith.  Children have individual time-tables as they learn to be fluent readers.  They cannot fast forward that developmental schedule any more that they can grow to a desired height.  Hold onto the belief that your child will learn to read and pass that belief on to your child.  They are even more anxious than you to be a "star" reader.

Beanie Baby Decoding

  • These Beanie Baby Strategies are used within the Learning Center and within classrooms to help students find strategies to decode unknown words.  You may also find them helpful as you work with your child at home.

    Eagle Eye - Look at the pictures!

    • Look at the picture for clues

    Lips the Fish - Get your lips ready!

    • Say the first few sounds of the new word
    • Read to the end of sentence and say it again

    Stretchy Snake - Stretch it out!

    • Stretch the word out slowly
    • Put the sounds together

    Chunky Monkey - Chunk the Word!

    • Look for a chunk that you know (-at, -an)
    • Look for a word part (-ing, -er)

    Skippy Frog - Skip It, Skip It!

    • Skip the word
    • Read to the end of the sentence
    • Hop back and READ IT, READ IT!

    Tryin’ Lion - Try it again!

    • Try to reread the sentence
    • Try a word that makes sense

    Helpful Kangaroo - Ask for help!

    • Ask for help (after you have tried all of the other strategies

    Sensey Skunk - Does it make sense?

    • Does it sound right?
    • Does it match the letters?
    • Never let the word win. Read on!!!!