Wednesday, October 9, 2013

*Teaching the difference between confusing letters*

Often, children beginning to read confuse the sounds of words or letters. For example, they mix the lowercase "d" and "b" because they're almost identical, except for the way they face and sound. That is the most common error among young children. Also, when children speak another language, they often confuse the sound of the letter "c" with "s." It's vital that teachers address these issues and give as many examples as they can to help students distinguish the differences. Teaching young children is exhausting, so you must get plenty of rest. Also, it's a refreshment of memory and sometimes they teach you new things too. Take away all distractions and allow them to interact with you as much as possible. Sometimes, they find one object more interesting than another. For example, my expo board has become an obsession. Unfortunately, I have to limit the amount of times it's used because of this and stick to the material at hand as much as I can. Overall, my student is learning differences between adding words and is sounding out all letters. It feels awesome to help and set examples!

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