Let’s learn to identify commas and quotation marks in text.
- When reading a book, ask your child to count the number of commas on a page. Do the same with quotation marks. Talk about the role of each one in texts. A comma means a pause in the sentence. Quotation marks are used when characters are talking.
Let’s learn to sound out and spell words with the letter combinations: qu, ir and ur.
- Write a story together with as many words containing the letter combination “qu” (e.g., quack and squish) as you can think of.
- To hear all 44 phonemes (sounds) in the English language, view the video here (https://youtu.be/wBuA589kfMg).
Let’s learn to read correctly 5 words per minute in a text with good expression.
- Pick a favorite book to read often with your child. When he or she knows the story well, encourage him or her to read it aloud to you. With time, encourage him or her to read with more expression (e.g., reading questions like questions with a rising voice at the end).
- Encourage your child to follow-along with their finger while they read, and to pay close attention to the text. Give your child immediate feedback, and praise for their effort
Can your child consistently:
- Identify commas and quotation marks in text.
- Sound out and spell words with the letter combinations: qu, ir and ur.
- Read correctly 5 words per minute in a text with good expression.
Did you know?
“Sight words” are words that cannot be directly sounded out. Only about 20% of the words in the English language cannot be decoded (read) directly using phonological strategies. A word like ‘sight’ is a good example. Based on our knowledge of how proficient reading develops, a phonological approach to learning to read is the most effective and efficient for most learners. Even irregular words in English have some phonetic components – like the word ‘sight’, which has a phonetic base for its first and last letters. Children need to read a word several times and understand it’s meaning before it gets stored in their long term memory.