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  • Hi, I'm Ann Kennedy on behalf of Expert Village and I'll be teaching you some steps to teach

  • a child to read. Think alouds. In the last session we showed the importance of prediction

  • questions for your child to kind of wonder or guess or think what the story may be about

  • to motivate interest. This is called a think aloud. Think alouds are really really really

  • important. Try to do at least one, maybe two, during the course of reading a book to your

  • child. The child is going to be watching you think, how you think, how you handle making

  • mistakes, how you decode and figure things out. A child will never learn to think for

  • him or herself, make judgments, learn to decode or teach themselves a subject, no matter what

  • it is, unless they witness how you do it. So example, in this particular page, it says

  • I can read Mississippi with my eyes shut. Now, to think aloud on this, I can say, I

  • can read, hmmm, let me see what that word is, Miss iss ippi, oh, it must be Mississippi.

  • That was the strategy, that simple. Take a moment, question yourself, let the child hear

  • you say huh, I wonder what that word is, let me try sounding it out. You showed them a

  • strategy and a technique and you showed them how to think. You're teaching them all the

  • time without specifically teaching reading. In this case, I can read with my left eye.

  • Okay, wait a minute, oh, okay, I meant my left eye, there it is, it's my left because

  • left and right. You know what left and right means, your child doesn't and he needs to

  • know how to figure out what left and right means. Thinking aloud is one of the most wonderful

  • wonderful strategies to teach your child to love literacy and be a lifetime learner. Think

  • alouds.

Hi, I'm Ann Kennedy on behalf of Expert Village and I'll be teaching you some steps to teach

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