In earlier posts we have looked at various methods you can employ to help your grandkids read better.
These ‘word attack’ skills are used in classrooms all over the world, and understanding them is crucial in becoming a good reader.
Word-attack strategies put simply are methods that a child can employ to read an unfamiliar word.
Depending upon how the child’s brain works will depend upon which method they prefer to use.
In this post we are going to look at more strategies that you should use to help your child’s reading.
Remember the Three Little Pigs?
In How can Three Little Pigs help your grandchild read better? we looked at using illustrations and how to sound out unfamiliar words.
In particular, we looked at the word ‘straw’.
This time we are going to look at what to do if your child mispronounces the word.
Let’s say your child looks at the spelling patterns and offers the word store instead.
Store and straw?
Store and straw sound very similar, and they start with the same spelling pattern st.
Never say ‘no’ when reading with your grandchild. Instead follow these steps for a better outcome:
Rather than correct them immediately, allow them to test their guess.
Ask the child to read the sentence that contains the word store.
“The Big Bad Wolf huffed and he puffed and he blew down the house of store!”
Does that make sense? What could it be instead?
Let’s use another word-attack strategy
Allow the child to keep reading.
On the next page we discover the second pig’s house was made of wood.
Let’s go back to the first pig’s house. Is it likely that it’s made of store? Look at the illustration – what does that look like?
Remember: Don’t be in a hurry to finish the book. It is better to have read one page correctly then complete a whole story with bits missing.
Give your grandchild time to get it right, and build up his or hers confidence in their own ability to learn to read.