Mar
29
2009

Reading Sentences @ 20 mths old

Ethan has finally started to read sentences. It was quite tricky getting him to focus one word at a time and proceed to the next word and on and on. Initially he was overwhelm with all the words in a sentence that he just look at them and kept quiet! But now, he finally understood what reading sentences means and is slowly getting used to the concept.

The whole-word approach is based on research findings that 65% of the words that a child encounters in his reading materials consist of some 400 words. If a child can master these 400 words, he/she can read and make sense of most of his/her text.
Ethan has now managed to master around 50 words. Whoa! 350 more words to go! But before he reaches the 400 words, most children will already master the phonetic method. So, no worries. Even now when Ethan sees words beginning with ‘F’ for instance, he will go “fer” “fer” trying to sound out the word. What matters most is getting the child to recognise the words and not memorise it. Memorising and recognising is a completely different story! By recognising, Ethan is able to read the word no matter what font it is printed in. :)

And then he got distracted by the page number…. :DOlder post here.

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    I thought Austin is the only kid that got distracted by the page number :P Looks like he has a friend like him :)
    Anyway, love your posts on early readers – thanks!

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