February 6, 2014
Linda M. Penn
Hope you are warm and somehow finding some positives about this cold, snowy, icy winter. Hopefully, you and your children have found some extra reading and cuddle time during those snow days off from school. If you are located in a warm weather area, I have to admit I am jealous. If this Blog is somehow hard for you to understand, sorry. My brain just doesn’t seem to function well in cold weather. At least, I keep telling my husband that when I suggest we go to Florida. I will endeavor on and try my best to discuss “context clues.”
Context clues are useful when trying to figure out the meaning of a new word. You look for other words in the sentences surrounding the new word that will give you clues as to the meaning of the new word. Here are some sample sentences:
Using words from the sentence like “park” and “soccer game,” what might site mean? (a place)
Using words from the sentences like “food” and “night,” what might nocturnal mean? (nighttime)
Using words from the sentence like “rain,” “sky,” and “buckets,” what might poured mean? (large amount of rain)
Using words from the sentence like “food” and “Grandma’s house, what might feast mean? (large amount of food)
Children have a big success rate of figuring out meanings of words in this way.
Sometimes, children think they must read every word in a sentence to make sense of the sentence. IT IS OKAY FOR A CHILD TO SKIP A WORD IN A SENTENCE AND THEN GO BACK AND TRY TO FIGURE IT OUT. This applies when using phonics or context clues or any other reading strategy.
For example, let’s suppose that your little one is able to read the words in this sentence except for the word turtle: There was a turtle sitting on a log by the lake.
You might ask: What might be sitting on a log by a lake and the word starts with the “t” sound, has a “t” sound in the middle, and ends with an “l” sound? (turtle)
Whatever is a fun, natural way for a child to gain success with a new word, that is wonderful. When the child is able to figure out something new, it helps to build confidence and enjoyment of reading. PLEASE, KEEP IN MIND, HOWEVER, IF THE CHILD IS STRUGGLING, GO AHEAD AND TELL THE CHILD THE WORD. It keeps the flow of the reading going.
Next month’s Blog –
“Reading a Book Over and Over – Boring or Helpful?”
Keep sharing that love of reading with your young ones and give them a book for Valentine’s Day!
ENJOY READING, GOD BLESS.
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