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Method3 - The Language Experience Approach

The language experience approach is the third method you may like to use. This particular method actually uses student's own words to help them read. Your student may draw a picture of Dad in the car. In that case you would write underneath the drawing; Dad is in the car.

You continue to collect drawings your student makes and write a short sentence underneath each drawing. A picture of a playground would read; We went to the park or playground. A picture of a cat could read; The cat sat on the mat. A picture of walking the dog could read; Mum walks the dog to the park.

When you've collected enough pictures you make them into a book for your student to read again and again. Write underneath the drawing a description your student gives for the drawing. This way your student will remember much better what is written.

First you will write every word and sentence. Slowly your student will begin to trace over the words you have written and finally the student will write the words and sentences all alone.

Some people use this method as a first approach to reading in order to help their student understand that what they've drawn and what you have written is a form of communication between the student and yourself.

The language experience approach supports children's concept development and vocabulary growth while offering many opportunities for meaningful reading and writing activities through the use of personal experiences and oral language.

Four main methods learning to read.
Copyright © 2000, Author: Ingrid Griggs,
The Teacher Assistant, ISBN 187689315X
Published by: Teaching Treasures Publications
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