Where to point

Some children point to each word as they are reading for varying reasons:

  • he / she needs assistance to match one spoken word to one written word
  • to stop the eyes from wandering away from where they should be focussing
  • to take a closer look at the word to check it looks like the word being said.

Here is a handy tip from the Ballarat tutor-

Instead of the child pointing underneath any part of the word, e.g. the middle or the end-

Have the child point underneath the first letter of each word.

This will remind the child to look at the 1st letter before any other letter, i.e. to look through the word from left to right.

This child is pointing underneath the middle of the word. Now I know to direct the finger to be under the 1st letter (‘l’ in ‘looked’).

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