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Look Beyond the Words

Did you know how important it is for your child to be able to not only read the words, but look past them for further meaning? Most authors will not clearly state what message they are trying to convey. Instead they will use other words and statements to direct the reader to an understanding. This skill is called using your “context clues”. By using context clues, the words around a phrase, a reader should be able to investigate the text and make predictions about the story. This is a common skill that is typically taught in early elementary school but not all children and parents really know what it is and HOW to practice such a skill. At Jill Abrams Tutoring, we teach your child how to be a textual investigator, part of which includes making a point to ask yourself questions as you read. At home these skills can also be practiced. By asking your child specific questions, it will prompt the reader to think past what the words say.

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