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Rev up reading for second graders

Easy activities to help your second grader master essential reading skills.

By Catherine Ann Velasco

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Word attack

Skill: Decoding

Teach your child to attack new words with a vengeance! Create a “killer word bookmark” out of card stock paper and have your child decorate one side of it with something he associates with power — a shark, a dinosaur, or himself as a super hero. As you read with your child and come across a word that is hard to sound out, write that word down on the bookmark. Then as you read each day, review the words on the bookmark. Add a couple of words a day, and choose examples that require him to use decoding strategies, like breaking the words into chunks and recognizing common suffixes.

Catherine Ann Velasco has covered education and children and family issues for more than 22 years. She's won numerous awards, and served as a fellow of the Casey Journalism Center for Children and Families and the Education Writers Association’s Statistics Boot Camp. Velasco lives near Chicago and can be reached at cathyannvelasco@yahoo.com

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