This is something I’ve just discovered…I’m a slow learner obviously…hehehe
My beginning reader thinks that he can read by staring at the picture or gazing into space and suggesting whatever word comes into his head, as I stab at the words in frustration.
His eyes are so rarely on the words that, if I hadn’t already taught a similar student, I might start to think that it was never going to happen.
Where is this tip that I promised?!!
Well I’ve always pointed to the words for my boys, not moving my finger along until they got the word right.
Then I asked my independent reader to listen to my beginning reader read while I made lunch (something that both boys love so there’s a little extra tip… this has become a two for one tip post). What I noticed was that my beginning reader had to point to his own words and he was actually looking at the page! He had to as there was no one there doing the work for him.
His obstacle is me! I’m doing all the work for him. Duh! So obvious. And I’m the “trained” teacher and it’s taken me this long to figure this out. Clearly I’m the slow learner.
All of this week a little man has had to run his own finger under the words he is reading and it actually has improved his reading. Mind you he wasn’t happy about breaking his old routine. Oh well. That’s the way the cookie crumbles. 🙂