Part of learning to read is learning to recognize and pronounce words. Older preschoolers and kindergartners start recognizing simple, familiar words, such as their name. They soon learn to recognize other common words, such as “dog,” “bird” and “cat.” This is often called “sight reading,” whereby children come to recognize words by remembering the pattern of the letters.
Children can also learn to pronounce new words by trying to sound them out. They can figure out how to pronounce words by breaking the word down into the different parts. For instance, the word dog can be broken down into “d” “o” “g.”
Here are some ways child care providers help children learn to pronounce words:
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