Reading Skills Dear Parents/Guardians,
Please find below some Beanie Baby Strategies that we have been using and practicing at school to help children figure out unknown words. These reading strategies are modeled after the Beanie Baby figures that were popular a few years ago. When your child is reading at home, it would be good to refer to these strategies as that keeps the language consistent between home and school.
Most of these strategies are fairly straightforward but the following provides a brief explanation of each.
Eagle Eyetells you to Look at the Pictures: Have your child look at the pictures for clues to help figure out the word.
Lips the Fishtells you to Get your Lips Ready: Have your child say the first few sounds of the word out loud.
Stretchy Snaketells you to Stretch it Out: Have your child stretch the word out slowly and put the sounds together to figure out the word. As a further point, we prefer to use the phrase “say it slowly,” rather than “sound it out.”
Chunky Monkeytells you to Chunk the Word: Have your child look for a part or a “chunk” that they know (ex: -ing, -old, -and, etc.).
Skippy Frogtells you to Skip it, Skip it: Have your child skip the word, read to the end of the sentence, and then go back and try it again.
Tryin’ Liontells you to Try it Again: Have your child reread the sentence and try a word that makes sense.
Helpful Kangarootells you to Ask for Help: After your child has tried applying some of the strategies as learned, he/she can ask someone else for help.
Dot the Giraffetells you to Watch the Punctuation: Have your child watch the punctuation (, . ? ! “”). Example: Read with expression when you see the talking/quotation marks.
Flippy Dolphintells you to Flip the Vowel Sound: Have your child try another vowel sound if the first one did not sound right. In other words, try a long vowel sound if the short vowel sound does not work (example: a vowel will say its own name when an ‘e’ is added to the end as is bit to bite, hat to hate, not to note).
The children at school are becoming familiar with using these strategies to help solve unknown words. We hope that you will find them useful at home. Please do not hesitate to call your child’s teacher/school should you have any questions.
Eagle Eye Look at the Pictures!
Lips the Fish
Get Your Lips Ready!
“S-t-r-e-t-ch” it out!
- Look at the pictures for clues to help figure out the word.
- Say the first few sounds of the word out loud.
- Read to the end of the sentence and say the sounds again.