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The Seven Steps to Beginning Curriculum for The Young Reader

Each month we will be featuring a different part of the Seven Steps. If you miss any of the parts or just want to go back and re-read a part, just click on the links below .

1. Strategies For a Positive Mind (August 2005)
2. Writing Plain and Clear (September 2005)
3. Vocabulary By Example (October 2005)
4. Spelling In Parts (November 2005)
5. Listening With Feedback (December 2005)
6. Comprehension Puzzle (January 2006)
7. Phonemic Awareness (March 2006)

Strategies For a Positive Mind

In a kindergarten class recently, a group of five children gathered around me to take a look at their first group reading book. The four page paper book was 60 percent pictures with only two words. The two words were followed with a picture.

A small boy on my left said, " I do not like to read." Most parents would have answered the boy by convincing him that he was mistaken. For example parents might say, " You will like to read. This is a fun story and it is easy." As a professional reading instructor, this first reaction on my part is to twist the attitude of this child towards reading and to not give him any attention when he makes a negative statement. Never react to a negative statement with any attention, instead give specific directions with a smile.

As a parent you should say, " Put you finger under the word with a capital letter. Every sentence begins with a capital. As we read together, move your finger from one sound to another."

In this situation, the child had no choice to be negative. He is already beginning to feel out reading.

After practicing the movement of the finger under the two words, for example, "I see " and copying the slow lip movement, all of the five children in the kindergarten class picked up the repeated word pattern. At this time, I looked at the boy to my left and said, "Read the whole page to the red group, Juan." The boy confidently moved his finger under the words and read the repeated pattern. At this moment, I had the opportunity to twist his attitude towards reading. I said to him, " Juan, you read the whole page. You are a good reader. Could you read the same page to me in the morning. I like to hear your voice."

Never feed a negative attitude with any attention. Solve the problem with a positive step by step help and then respond when the child has learned a way to met his fears.

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