Teaching children reading strategies

Knowing their letter sounds does not guarantee that a child will be able to read. The blending of sounds to read and strategies to decode new words are skills that need to be taught. During 2016, we worked with 8 educators from 2 schools on how to teach reading strategies and provide opportunities for the learners to practice these skills during shared reading. Shared reading allows the learners to practice their reading strategy skills in a safe environment but the learners seldom get the oppo...
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Practicing reading

Practice is essential in consolidating any skill we have learnt. The more we practice, the more efficient we are at using the skill.  It is the same for reading. The more learners read and practice the reading strategies they have learnt, the more fluent their reading will become. This month we held a workshop with Grade 1 educators on how to plan for and facilitate shared reading. In shared reading, the learners read along with the educator who demonstrates speed, tone and how to use reading s...
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Reading skills

Reading is a skill that needs to be taught Teaching children the relationship between a letter and the sound it makes is just the beginning of a journey to learn how the sounds work together to form a word. It is only by blending the sounds together that the word is read. Decoding a word that a child does not recognise is also a skill that needs to be taught. This month, I facilitated a workshop with Grade 1 educators looking at ‘reading strategies’, also called ‘word attack skills’. We explor...
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Following your instinct

This week I (Rachel) facilitated a workshop for the Grade R and Grade 1 teachers we are working with this year.  The workshop focussed on activities the teachers could facilitate to support the learners to develop an awareness of sounds, and in order to cover all the necessary skills the workshop was split in to three sections. Well, with half an hour left until the workshop needed to be bought to a close we were only just finishing the first section - thinking about identifying sounds in words...
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