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Read, repeat!

Repetition was critical for my early readers.  It helped them gain sight words, feel more confident, and get extra practice.

What to do if your child memorizes a book: For us, practice was a balancing act between needing the repetition to gain fluidity and sight words, and knowing that if we read a book too many times, dear child would have it memorized and would no longer be reading.  Dear son was especially prone to this – after one reading he would remember large portions of the whole book for several weeks.

Sometimes, I had them read the whole series start to finish, then reread the series while choosing the order in which they read the books.  Sometimes, I had them read the same book two or even three times before moving on to the next book.  And sometimes, when we moved on to a new series and then I realized that they were struggling, we would back track and reread a series we had just finished.

 

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