“You looked at the word and checked the letters!” I cheered, after the five year old sitting next to me independently went back and corrected his word attempt.
“No, I didn’t!” came the indignant reply.
“But that’s what good readers do – they look at the word and check the letters.”
“Oh!” light dawned across the little boy’s face, “I didn’t know that!”
My observations, from listening to this summer-born, Year 1 child read to me for the first time, strongly suggested he believed he needed to ‘remember’ and ‘know’ the words on the pages in front of him. When he came across an unknown word, his…
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