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Strategies for Teaching and Learning

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Highlighting Wordlists
Highlighting helps our brains recognize, identify and remember unique letter combinations. As we build reading skills we need to take the time to become automatic with these skills and highlighting helps. 

Automaticity – Flashing Words
Using this Flashing technique on shorter words helps strengthen visualization and improve automaticity.  It is especially helpful in moving learners from sounding out letter by letter to making mental images of words in their minds and being able to say whole words together.  Being automatic with the skills within reading is critical to becoming a fluent reader.

Working on New Words (or Sounds) With Flashcards
It is important to continue to practice known words occasionally, and only introduce a few new words or chunks at a time.  It is also most effective to space practice out, practicing multiple times each day for just a few minutes at a time.

Timing Students: Using Word and Phrase Lists with numbers down the side.  Timing for speed is not effective with every student, but is very effective for some.  Read for directions and for the pros and cons of timing students.

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Quick strategy for breaking up unknown words

General syllabication guidelines

Watch for voiced and unvoiced letter pairs.  (No link)
To pronounce each letter in a pair the mouth position is exactly the same, but the vocal cords in the voice box are activated (voiced) for one letter, and the other letter is a breath sound (unvoiced).  Put your fingers on the front of your throat to feel when the vocal cords are activated.  These are easy letters to mix up!
These pairs include:
b and p
d and t
g and k
v and f
z and s
th (the) and th (thin)

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