Are you looking for strategies to help students who have trouble using phonics while reading? If so, keep reading.
1. Establish a system of motivators, either concrete (e.g., extra computer time, free time, etc.) or informal (e.g., smile, handshake, praise, etc.), to urge the student to be more successful in reading.
3. Get the student to find words and phrases that they do not recognize. Make these words the student’s word list to be learned.
5. Praise the student every time they attempt to sound out a word. As the student shows success, slowly increase the number of attempts required for reinforcement.
7. Teach the student to use context clues to find words and phrases they do not know.
9. Make sure the student develops an understanding of hearing word sounds (e.g., say, “Listen to the following words. They all start with a /bl/ blend: blue, black, block, blast.”).
10. Make sure the student develops an understanding of seeing letter combinations that produce sounds (e.g., have the student circle all the words in a reading passage that begins with the /bl/ blend).
11. Give practice with reading /bl/ words, /pl/ words, /pr/ words, etc., by presenting a high interest paragraph or story that contains these words.
13. Urge the student to try several sounds to arrive at a correct answer (e.g., omit letters from a word that is used in context and provide a few choices that are to be filled in).
14. Urge the student to scan newspapers, magazines, etc., and underline learned phonics elements.
16. Consider using AI to teach reading comprehension.
17. Consider using Alexa to teach reading skills.
18. Try using one of our many apps designed to teach literacy skills and help students with reading issues: