I wasn’t able to get a post together for today, but I love this one. “Raising Readers” is one of my favorite blogging projects. If you haven’t checked out Katey’s blog, you should give it a look
I love those moments when young kids suddenly realize they can read something – like the Exit sign over the door, their name on a birthday card, the word “zoo” on the billboard out the car window. These sight words read in context are their first steps into reading confidently, into recognizing words that are meaningful and useful to them.
Context is an important part of learning to decode new words and recognize familiar ones. External motivation – call it “reward” if you like – is also important to early learners. Many kids are not motivated to work on reading skills just because Mommy or Daddy says it’s important to learn to read. They need a GOOD reason – like being able to tell which bathroom is for boys, or if they should push or pull the door. Another great motivator is being able to play a fun game!
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