Reading Tips and Strategies
for Helping Young Readers

            "The ultimate goal of guided reading is to help children learn how to use independent 
                                                    reading strategies successfully."
                                                                            Fountas and SuPinnell, 1996

 
apple Tell the child to look at the picture.  You may tell the child the word is something that can be seen in the picture, if that is the case.
apple Tell the child to look for chunks in the word, such as -it in sit, -at in mat, or -and and -ing in standing.
apple Ask the child to get his/her mouth ready to say the word by shaping the mouth for the beginning letter sound.
apple Ask the child if the word looks like another word she/he knows.  ex. "Does bed look like red?"
apple Ask the child what might make sense.
apple Tell the child to go on and read to the end of the sentence.  Often by reading the other words in context, the child can figure out the unknown word.
apple If the child says the wrong word while reading, ask questions like: 
Does it make sense? 
Does it sound right? 
Does it look right?