We are all familiar with the story of the Three Little Pigs. It is a classic fairy tale which has lasted through the ages.
I thought I would use it today to demonstrate how you can help your grandchild develop some great word-attack skills.
Learning to work out what words mean
Word-attack skills are strategies that children can use to help them read and understand an unfamiliar word. It is important to remember that every child’s brain works differently, and this will affect the skills they develop and how they will use them.
Let’s look at the Three Little Pigs
Their houses were made of different materials which teaches the child how important it is to create something on solid foundations.
When the wolf gets to the first house he could easily blow it down because it was made of … at this point, your grandchild has come to a word they don’t recognise.
They look at the picture and see straw, but using words they already know they might say, hay.
Should you let this slide?
Well straw and hay are very similar items, and for the intention of the story they play the same role.
However, this scenario allows you to help your grandchild practise some word attack skills.
You might say, “Hay is a good answer, but the word begins with st, then there’s an r followed by aw which makes an or sound. Let’s put those sounds together st-r-aw.”
Using Word-attack skills
They you can blend the word chunks and sounds together– st + r = str and str +aw = straw.
Say the word slowly, emphasizing the different sounds.
You could then connect the word to a similar sounding word your grandchild might know.
Straw sounds like raw and even more and floor! Can your grandchild add any more ‘or’ sounding words that they might know?
Here are some fun versions of the Three Little Pigs to share :-