Banter Quick Tips: Read aloud and look at the page!

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So beginning readers should always read aloud. That way, they connect print to speech and get feedback from adults.

Reading is hard work, and many beginners look around the room, at the roof, out the window, and at pictures, instead of the words. 

Help students to look and keep at the written page by:

  • using printed books (with no buttons or scrolling);
  • using books with few or no pictures for early decoding practice (save the picture books for read alouds and audiobooks); and
  • reducing noise, interesting toys and games, screens, and other distractions.

I also want students to have lots of time for shared book reading activities, and children to have time for naturalistic play, but not during decoding time!

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