Our Reading and Writing SOS experts answer your questions about the sounds of speech (phonemic awareness), phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, reading motivation, writing, and using technology to support these literacy skills.
Our experts also provide help for bilingual families, families with deaf children, and for children with special needs, including dyslexia and other reading disabilities.
Should I correct my child when she reads aloud to me?
It depends on the situation, says Sandra. If your child is reading out loud for fun, it’s best to just offer a gentle, quick correction and move on. But if your child is reading aloud as part of a more structured learning time, you should offer more guidance, such as encouraging your child to slow down and sound out unfamiliar words, and to check for understanding (e.g., does that sentence make sense?).
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