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look and say method

Method 2 - The Look and Say Method

With the 'look and say' method children learn to recognize whole words or sentences rather than individual sounds. Your student will look at a word which you sound, and in turn will repeat the sound (the word). Flashcards with individual words written on them are used for this method often accompanied with a related picture.

If you don't use a picture with the word the child will probably make a wild guess as to what it says trying to remember what sound you made previously. This is not a good method if you don't include pictures.

It is also recommended with this method to use whole short sentences rather than individual words. Write a short sentence representing the picture displayed. Say the sentence and ask the child to repeat it while pointing and looking at each individual word as he/she repeats what you said.

By making word cards you can create different sentences again and again. You can use each word card first to learn individual words and then laying the word cards together to form a sentence. You may need to make several word cards using the same word;  e.g. the  -  and   in order to form proper sentences.

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The look-see or whole-language approach (also known as "psycholinguistics") was developed by modern psychologists and denies the students the tools used in the Phonics system but teaches them to learn through rote memorization.

Students could become poorer readers due to being forced to "learn to read" with the look-see methods, but if you have the teaching skills to combine both it would benefit your students enormously.

Four main methods learning to read. Copyright © 2000, Author: Ingrid Griggs,
The Teacher Assistant, ISBN 187689315X Published by: Teaching Treasures Publications ABN 36730101290

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