Watch out for the common verbal prompt, “Sound it out!” Many kids take that literally, sounding out every single letter sound. No matter how many times you make the sounds, “w-o-u-l-d” you’ll never get the word “would”!! Consider this…NONE of us would look at a new word, for example the word, “cardiology” and sound out c-a-r-d-i-o-l-o-g-y. We might go back to the beginning of the line, look for common chunks (car/logy), try combining sounds, and consider the meaning of what we are reading. But we would NOT “sound it out”… be careful of who you use this prompt with. Falling kids get stuck and STAY STUCK by ‘sounding out’ letter sounds. Tell them not to do that and teach them what they can do to decode new and difficult words. More in my book, Catch a Falling Reader.
May 9, 2012