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Understanding Children and how they read – By the time we’ve reach the “w” of “now” the “n” is ancient history


Often by the time you get to the end of a child’s observation, the beginning answers and questions are ancient history. A child's view of their culture I love working with four and five-year-olds. I acknowledge that sometimes this takes a lot of patience and a large investment of time. You can’t just say something one time and expect it to happen. Especially if you are working on making changes in this child’s behavior.

As a parent or teacher, you need to keep accurate records on the behavior you are wanting to change. Sometimes what worries you the most, just does not happen that often. If you can look at your concerns mathematically and not just emotionally, then your child has the chance to make changes.

Think about the difference of saying “My child is always clinging to me” or “This week,  two out of the five days, we went to school he would not separate and go into the classroom”. Which statement is more accurate? What one paints a true picture of your child?

When you work with young children you need to make sure the picture you are painting of them is accurate and true.

Often there is so much anxiety surrounding a child’s ability to read. Letter sounds, simple words and then books. I like to see the child making these connections and their excitement when they realize that sounds do make words. Often when a child is having trouble reading, all they need is more time. Time to experience the joy of reading. Time to experience someone reading to them. Time to just look at picture books.

It is true sometimes when you are at the start of the reading process a child will look at the work ‘now’.

Sound out the ‘n’ and then get the ‘o’ and by the time he or she gets to the ‘w’ they have forgotten the ‘n’.

For many parents, this is a hard concept to deal with. The process seems to slow. Parents often jump in and say the word.  This sends the message to their child “You can’t do this” – “You can’t read”.

This is not the message you want to give your child. The most important thing that I have learned working with this age group is that each observation or interaction is just a snapshot of that child’s behavior that day.

Often by the time I get to the end of an observation, the beginning answers and questions are ancient history.

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