When you child makes a reading error or is unsure of a word…
Pause for 3-5 seconds. This gives your child a chance to try to read the word themselves.
Try using one of these prompts:
‘You read [this word]. Does that make sense?’
You read [this word]. Does that look right?
‘Say the sounds in the word and blend them together’
‘Let’s say the sounds together’
If the prompt does not help your child to read the word correctly, say the whole word for them. Then, reread the whole sentence.
Be specific with your praise…
‘Well done, you looked carefully at all the letters and worked out what the word was’
‘I liked the way you corrected your mistake so that it made sense’
‘You read that sentence right through without stopping, well done!’