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Break the “Word Guessing” Habit


If your child guesses at words and you don’t know what to do about it, read this post! Breaking the “word guessing” habit is easier than you might think–and it will make a world of difference in your child’s success as a reader.

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Does your child guess at unknown words instead of sounding them out? The “word guessing” habit can stand in the way of learning to read. Learn why kids guess and how you can solve the problem.

There are four types of word guessers.

 

What type of guesser is your child?

“First Letter” Guesser: this child looks at the first letter and guesses what the word is. For example, if the word is heart, the child looks at the H and says horse.

“Word Shape” Guesser: this child looks at the first and last letters of the word and at the basic shape in the middle, and then takes a wild guess. For example, if the word is maple, the child says maybe. Both words begin with M and end with E, and the words have a similar shape in the middle.

“Picture Clue” Guesser: this child looks at the pictures to help him guess the word. For example, the child may come across a sentence like The _____ dog barked at the cat. The child doesn’t know the second word, so he looks at the picture of the angry-looking dog and fills in the blank with angry.

“Context Clue” Guesser: this child uses context clues to guess the missing word. For example, the child may come across a sentence like The farmer bought grain for his c_____. The child sees that the first letter is C. Based on the context, the child may guess chickens, even though the answer could just as easily be cows or cattle.

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Carrie is the owner & operator of Homeschool Giveaways. She has been homeschooling for over a decade and has successfully graduated her first homeschooler. She has two girls and works side by side at home with her awesome husband. She has been saved by grace, fails daily, but continues to strive toward the prize of the high calling of being a daughter of the Most High God.

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