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Very basic reading

June 28th, 2005 (09:53 pm)
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Recently the kids have gotten to the point where they can, erratically, recognize words they know. So I decided to see if I could coach them through reading a book. Of course, it had to be a new book, because they remember the words to their usual books. So today I bought a copy of The Foot Book, a Dr. Seuss book which I had previously rejected as too simple.

We got through the cover, the first page, and one word of the second page, before they came up overdrawn at the patience bank. The way I worked it was, I would have them tell me what the letter were, then ask what sound each letter makes, then sound it out until they recognized the word. It sort of worked. The first page was easy, because it says, "Left foot. Right foot."--and each sentence is next to the corresponding foot. Once they got "left foot", Elizabeth realized what the other words must be, and shouted out "Right foot!" Not reading, in a conventional sense, but clever. :-)

Their major difficulty is that they don't know the lowercase letters. I think I'll try teaching them that before I tackle the next page.

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Posted by: Alexx Kay (alexx_kay)
Posted at: June 29th, 2005 04:09 pm (UTC)

Elizabeth realized what the other words must be, and shouted out "Right foot!" Not reading, in a conventional sense, but clever. :-)

It may not be the conventional *definition* of "reading", but I suspect that that kind of predictive look-ahead is a large part of what goes on cognitively when most people read.

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