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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.
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?
“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.