Reading Rules and Tools
- Tuesday, January 13, 2004
How to Fix Mistakes
Many parents tell a child to "just sound it out," when their child comes to a word she doesn't know, or when she misreads a word. It is far better to give your child the word—but in two parts and have her put it together.
A child tends to slow down when she comes to a hard word. Or, she guesses and butchers the word. These can become bad habits and be difficult to break. Help your child fix a mistake by giving her the misread word in two parts, and have her put it together. Then, ask your child to reread the sentence, saying the word correctly. For example, let's say that your child misreads the word, perfect. Instead she says, "present."
Don't say, "That's wrong. You know this word. It's a spelling word!"
Instead, say to your child, "That word is per-fect. Put it together."
She says, "Perfect!"
You say, "Good. Reread the sentence, please."
She says, "The purple pig was perfect."
You say, "Good job!"
Use these great rules and tools of the trade to help your child learn to read better. Your child can even enjoy reading about how wee, little Zacchaeus grew in love and gave lots of money back to people. That's because Jesus was his new friend!
Peggy M. Wilber is a teacher, author, and speaker with a mission of helping children learn to read well. She has been diagnosing and remediating elementary and middle school children's reading disorders since 1987. Her education includes a Masters of Education from Boston University and Certification in Early Childhood Reading Instruction from University of Colorado, Colorado Springs, specializing in integrating reading methodologies. Peggy has worked alongside the team at Cook Ministries to create Rocket Readers a biblically based reading program designed to teach children to read using Scripture. Visit www.cookministries.com
1. Edward Fry, How to Teach Reading: for Teachers, Parents, and Tutors (Laguna Beach: Laguna Beach Educational Books, 1995), 20.
2. Edward Fry, How to Teach Reading: for Teachers, Parents, and Tutors (Laguna Beach: Laguna Beach Educational Books, 1995), 10.
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