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What is Word Solving?

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    What is word solving?  This may be the missing piece of information for most parents.  English is not a completely phonetic language, relying on the sound-it-out strategy is not the most effective way to support a child's reading.  To become a fluent reader, more strategies are required.  Here are some of them:

    Auto the Otter: This means some words cannot be sounded out and just have to be learned by memory, such as sight words

    Chunky Monkey:  This means to use letter blends and chunks of words to decode words.

    Crabby Connector:  This means to make connections between similar words to read a new word.  For instance, if you know the word cake, you can more easily read the word lake.

    Eagle Eye:  This means to look over the entire word.

    Elephant Ears: This means to try a word and see if it makes sense in the sentence.

    Fix-up Bear:  Fix-up Bear means it is alright to go back and reread and fix an error.

    Helpful Kangaroo: This strategy may be used when a few others have been tried without success.  It means to ask another person for help!

    Lips the Fish:  This means to have a child get "lips ready" to make the first sound of the word.

    Tryin' Lion:  Keep trying!  Try another strategy!  Try again!  Of course, this isn't for a tired or frustrated reader.

    I hope these strategies are helpful for you and your child.

    Before closing, I would like to wish your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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