When your child is reading at home with you, sometimes they get stuck. Usually we would encourage them to sound out those words that have them stuck. Almost always, this is the best method. We ask them the first sound, then the middle sound, then the last sound.
But occasionally, those words they are stuck on really cannot be sounded out. Our students don't get stuck on the word "the" , but even "the" cannot be sounded out. Imagine how many words cannot really be sounded out! So what can we do to help our children when they are stuck? Instead of just giving them the answer, or telling them to sound it out, try these possibilities:
The following article has ideas and understanding for parents about the difference between sight words and decoding words. Understanding how some words are memorized and most are sounded out helps us reach our children's reading needs better.
Erin Rae is the Curriculum Coordinator at Lockport 91.