Lesson 5:

Catherine teaches reading strategies

To help her children with their reading, Catherine shows them how to use reading strategies when they struggle to read a word. One common strategy is to look at the illustrations in the book for clues. For example, if a child cannot read the word mountain, Catherine has the child review the corresponding picture in the book for clues. Catherine hopes that the child, by looking at the persons or objects depicted in the picture, will correctly guess that the unknown word is mountain.

Why this lesson falls short for some children...

Guessing at words based on the illustrations can be ineffective because it prevents children from reading by using their letter-sound knowledge. It is more effective to teach children strategies that work to enhance their decoding skills.

Learn to teach this lesson properly

  • Teach children reading strategies that work to enhance their decoding skills, instead of having children merely guess at words.
  • Effectively use the illustrations of books during instruction.

Improve your instruction of young learners

To learn the specific methods for teaching this lesson correctly, please see Programs and Get the Books.