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My youngest is at the end of his kindgergarten year and isn't really reading. We thought he was but it turns out that he is really good at memorizing words, as opposed to sounding them out. Should we be worried. His teacher says to just keep reading to him. Is that enough?




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My youngest is at the end of his kindgergarten year and isn't really reading. We thought he was but it turns out that he is really good at memorizing words, as opposed to sounding them out. Should we be worried. His teacher says to just keep reading to him. Is that enough?


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Lisa @ School Family writes:
Gentian- That's terrific advice from your teacher. The main goal is to have your child love books and love reading. My guess is that if she is not worried about it, then you shouldn't be either. For some fun summer activities to encourage reading, check out Connie's Classroom blog.
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Ms. Belvedere writes:
Memorizing the words or using the pictures to read is a natural step in learning to read. On a positive note, your child is able to retain information and that is skill not to be taken for granted. Continue reading together. Have him point to the words as he says them and make daily reading a fun and enjoyable time. Don't forget to talk about the text by asking him questions and hearing his opinion. All this makes a big difference. One last thing, please rember everyone learns at their own pace.
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