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Break the “Word Guessing” Habit

Break the Word Guessing Habit

Does your child guess at unknown words instead of sounding them out?

The “word guessing” habit can stand in the way of learning to read. In this post, you’ll learn why kids guess and how you can solve the problem.

Why do kids guess?

Kids don’t guess to annoy us or because they’re lazy; they may simply be using the process that seems most logical or intuitive to them.

Some kids guess because they have been taught to guess. Believe it or not, guessing is taught as a reading strategy in many schools, so previous teachers may have encouraged a student to look at the pictures or use context clues to see if he could figure out what the unknown word is.

Guessing is common among children who have been taught with the whole word or sight word method. They are accustomed to looking at the beginning letters and shapes of the words instead of paying attention to each phonogram in the word.

Some kids guess because they don’t know what else to do. They haven’t been taught phonics or strategies for breaking down multisyllable words.

There are four types of word guessers.

What type of guesser is your child?

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“First Letter” Guesser: this child looks at the first letter and guesses what the word is. For example, if the word is heart, the child looks at the H and says horse.

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“Word Shape” Guesser: this child looks at the first and last letters of the word and at the basic shape in the middle, and then takes a wild guess. For example, if the word is maple, the child says maybe. Both words begin with M and end with E, and the words have a similar shape in the middle.

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“Picture Clue” Guesser: this child looks at the pictures to help him guess the word. For example, the child may come across a sentence like The _____ dog barked at the cat. The child doesn’t know the second word, so he looks at the picture of the angry-looking dog and fills in the blank with angry.

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“Context Clue” Guesser: this child uses context clues to guess the missing word. For example, the child may come across a sentence like The farmer bought grain for his c_____. The child sees that the first letter is C. Based on the context, the child may guess chickens, even though the answer could just as easily be cows or cattle.

What’s the solution for word guessing?

The best solution for word guessing that I have found is the All About Reading blending procedure.

I’m a strong believer in figuring out the simplest solution for solving reading problems, including word guessing. The method I’m about to share with you is highly effective, and it has worked for every child I’ve used it with. The free download below provides an illustrated summary of the technique.

All About Reading Blending Procedure PDF

Here are the basic steps:

  • lay out the letter tiles for the word your student is having trouble with
  • have the student touch each phonogram and say the sound
  • have the student blend the word together as shown on the PDF

With this method, your child will develop the good habit of looking at each phonogram, starting at the beginning of the word and then progressing through each phonogram in order. It won’t take long before your student will transfer this blending skill to printed words and you won’t need the letter tiles.

Practice this blending procedure for a few minutes a day, five days a week, and soon you’ll be able to say “adios” to the word guessing habit!

Do you have a child who is a word guesser, or did you manage to escape this bad habit?

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Kelly Brantley

says:

This is very helpful! Thank you for all the free resources and helps.

Alura

says:

My son is having trouble with understanding blending period. He understands the concept and can tell me what blending is and what it’s purpose is but he cannot blend words on his own or even remember how to blend a word that we’ve blended together. Which can be frustrating for both of us. Any suggestions how to help him understand how to blend? He’s 7.

Robin E.

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Alura,
When you say he cannot “remember how to blend a word that we’ve blended together,” do you mean he can’t blend a word immediately after you blend it with him? Or, do you mean he can’t remember how to blend it at a later time?

Have you been over the placement test for All About Reading 1? Is there any portion of it that he struggled with?

Sometimes when a child struggles to understanding blending, it is because he needs more work with phonological awareness skills. Phonological awareness is the ability to hear and manipulate the individual sounds of language. Blending is closely tied with these skills. Our Pre-reading level works on phonological awareness, but you can work on phonological awareness skills yourself as well. This page can give your ideas on how to do it.

Don’t rule out our Pre-reading level, however, just because of your son’s age. My son did that level when he was six and enjoyed it very much. Also, you could just use the portion of each Lesson that focuses on phonological awareness.

As for blending, work through the blending procedure outlined in the download in this blog post. Model the blending procedure for him, going through the entire thing while he watches. Be sure to stress step 3 of the blending procedure, where you blend the first two sounds before adding the third.

Then, after you go through the entire procedure with him watching, have him try it with the exact same word. If he can do it with the same word fairly easily, try changing just one letter and see if he can do it. If he cannot, model it for him again and then have him do it. He may need you to model it for him for every word for a number of days in a row before he has success. If he cannot get it, go back to a word you have already done, model it again, and then have him do it. Then end the day’s lesson. That way you are ending on a little success.

If this doesn’t help him to have more success with blending within a week or two, let us know.

The child will understand and will learn to read.

Becky Clemons

says:

My son is in third grade now and we are in our second year of homeschool. We have struggled with guessing (and skipping small words) since 1st grade when he was in public school and taught to use context clues and look at the picture to figure out the word. He was also given a list of 400 high frequency words that he had to basically memorize all throughout that 1st grade year. When volunteering in his class, I helped test the 26 kids on these 400 words throughout the year. His teacher did not give credit to students who had to stop and sound out these words. The teacher said the words had pop off their tongue like popcorn. Unfortunately, I have spent the last two years trying to reteach decoding because of this. Thank you for this article. I chose All About Spelling for my son this year to help him with his spelling and I am so glad I switched from what we used the first year! Little did I know that I would learn so much more than spelling. I love all the research this company puts into their products and I love that they continuously share it with us as parents. As a parent and teacher for my kids I am always learning and evolving. I appreciate the articles and support!

Robin E.

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Becky,
I’m sorry to hear your son developed the word guessing habit in first grade; it is a hard one to break. I am happy to hear that we have been helpful to you in homeschooling. Keep up the great work!

Rebecca

says:

my son is in the 3rd grade this year. it’s our 1st year of homeschooling. he was also taught the whole word method and has no idea how to decode a word he doesn’t know. we’re also using all about spelling to help with this. glad to hear it’s helping your son

Juill

says:

I have a guesser. Still working on him.

Lynn

says:

I have also made funny reading passages with nonsense words of the shapes and syllable types the student is working on. The nonsense words force the to decode the words. An easy way to make these is to fill in the blanks in a mad-lib with nonsense words.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Lynn,
I like your idea to fill in the blanks of a Mad Lib with nonsense words for your student to read. That would work well, even for kids that tend to not like nonsense words. Thank you for the idea!

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Jodi

says:

I love your program. I have one child who learned to read and spell as easy as breathing. Then my older son has had the opposite experience ;reading and spelling are the hardest for him. I am able to teach both with your program easily even though they are different learners. This helps as a homeschool mom!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Jodi,
Thank you for mentioning this! Yes, because our programs are designed to be used at the individual student’s unique pace, it works equally well for advanced learners and struggling learners.

Katherine

says:

I’ve been wondering about this with my 7 year old. She has a great memory and seems to fall back on using it even when has sounded something out once and then goes back to read it again. I can see how your method could be so helpful at this stage!

Marcie

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I will be trying this with my daughter. She will be turning 6th next month and she resists sounding out new words most of the time. She can do it she just balks at doing so.

Jennifer Gacka

says:

Thank you for the clarity of your site and the logical breakdown of resources for helping struggling learners. I believe this program can help my son who has learning difficulties and often guesses words while reading. Thank you for offering a bridge into the world of literacy to help him succeed.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

You are welcome, Jennifer. We want to help parents and teachers like you help their their children to succeed!

Pauline

says:

Good to know! We are the beginning stages of learning to read, but my daughter already likes to look at the pictures and guess instead of looking at the words or letters!

Amy Cato

says:

This is very helpful. My 7 year old sometimes guesses, using all 4 techniques described above. I have done something similar with him as described above orally,but magnets might help.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Amy,
The letter tiles help because they provide a tactile, hands-on reinforcement. If you don’t have letter tiles, you can try simply touching the letters for each sound (Step 2 of the above blending procedure), then sweeping under the letters with your fingers for Steps 3 and 4.

Angie C.

says:

Now if I can just figure out why my 9 year old can read normal words but adds or skips words like on and the all the time or sees a two or three letter word and seems to pick his own.

Angie C.

says:

Never mind I answered my own question by coming across another post of AALP!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

I’m glad you found our other article, but I’ll leave the link here in case someone else reads this and has a similar problem.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Angie,
We have a blog article dedicated to exactly this problem. Help! My Child Skips Small Words.

MamaS

says:

My son is a young pre-reader and able to phonetically sound out a word, however, when he gets to the end he guesses. For instance CAT – he correctly sounds out the c/a/t and then guesses “bat”. Will simple practice decoding words improve this mix-up for him? Thanks!

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

It sounds like your son may not have mastered phonological awareness skills yet. When a child still struggles to hear and manipulate the sounds in words, he may struggle to put sounds together to form a word.

Take a look a the placement test for All About Reading level 1. How would your son do with the phonological awareness portion of that placement test? If he would struggle with those items, you may consider going through our Pre-reading program or working on phonological awareness skills yourself.

I hope this helps. Let us know if you have any further questions.

JD

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Actually, I don’t see using word shapes or context/picture cues as a “problem/bad habit” to “fix”. For visual learners (and other young children), these are simply natural techniques that help them learn to read. I have used these methods on purpose, alongside phonetic methods with great success and my mom who was a schoolteacher did the same. Her classes read sooner with more fluency than her co-worker who just stuck to phonetic methods. I have homeschooled all my children and they all learned very easily to read well by grade 1. I would say that word shapes were the most help for my visual learners (2 girls) and context cues were very important for the boys as they appreciated real-life text (e.g. about tractors, etc.) in comparison to the girls who liked the pretend stories.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

JD,
I’m glad to hear your children have all learned to read very easily by grade 1. However, as a mother of a child who struggled to learn to read, even using pictures, real life context, and word shapes, I know first hand that pictures and such interfered with his early reading because his brain had to go through two steps: 1) recall the picture, and then 2) recall the sound. That’s why we encourage students to make a direct connection between the letter and the sound. It may take a bit longer to learn the flashcards, but in the long run, it is actually easier for the student.

Approximately 66% of children will learn to read and spell with little to no trouble. All About Reading and All About Spelling were designed with the other 34% in mind. However, because AAR and AAS are designed to be used at the individual child’s own pace, children that don’t struggle and even gifted children do well with them.

Katelyn Ericson

says:

Thank you for the idea! Two of my students that I tutor are word guessers. I will try this method next lesson time. Maybe seeing it in a different context, rather than on the book’s page, helps them to sound out their words better.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

Katelyn,
You’re welcome. Let us know if the ideas here don’t work out.

Jennifer

says:

I work with a student who is a rising 3rd grader (just turned 8) and she regularly guesses words. I have bought AAR level 1 to try with her. It is a bit easy for her but with how badly she struggles I thought it would be best to go all the way back to the beginning. What I found works for her is using the blending procedure but instead of putting her finger under the word I have her use her finger to cover the word. She then slides her finger across the word showing only one phonogram at a time as she sounds out the word. Then I have her slide it over the word revealing the first two phonograms, etc. as with the procedure listed above. By covering the word with her finger and sliding rather than pointing to each sound she is unable to guess using the first and last sounds. I’ve also found that with the tiles she’s able to easily read words that she misses on the word cards and fluency sheets. I think the color differentiation really helps her.

Jennifer,
Thank you for your description of how you have modified our blending procedure for your student. Great idea.

Reading words built with tiles is easiest, both because of the color differences between the vowels and consonants and because each phonogram is represented by a single tile, even if it takes two or more letters to spell that phonogram (such as th and ch). The tiles serve as a scaffolding to progress the student to reading the word cards, then the readers, and then the fluency pages (which are the most difficult).

Thank you again for sharing. Keep up the great work with your student!

Amy

says:

My 10 yr old is definitely a shape guesser. He sees the beginning and the end and comes up with a word that matches those. He was Public School educated through 3rd grade. Now, we will be getting AAR to help him know how to tackle the longer words :-) Thanks for great advice and customer service!

Merry at AALP

says:

You’re welcome! Let us know if you have any questions along the way.

najla

says:

hi dear, thanks for th article. my son ( 9 years & 6 months) has dyselexia . i noticed that flash cards are useful. he sees words as pictures. so he guess them. that speeded his reading but in your article you don’t encourage this approach. please advise

Merry at AALP

says:

Hi Najla,

There is a difference between being able to read a word quickly and guessing at the word. You do want your child to be able to read quickly, and AAR has many built-in features to help build fluency (activities, readers, fluency pages, word cards, tile demonstrations). With the word cards, you can track which words he reads fluently (can easily read it whenever you show him the word), and which words need more practice (he still needs to sound out the word).

If, instead of saying the word correctly or sounding it out, he is simply guessing based on the first or last letter, or the shape (house and horse are the same shape, and have the same beginning and ending letters, for example), you’ll know readily that he is just guessing. In this case, take him back through the blending procedure with the tiles and walk him through how to follow that. If he regularly guesses, you might start each day with several tile words, demonstrate the blending procedure, and then have him teach it back to you, until he can do this easily. For kids who have an ingrained habit of guessing, it can take a lot of reinforcement to break that habit. I hope this helps!

Stephanie

says:

My daughter is a “first letter” guesser. I thought she was being lazy or maybe just didn’t understand how to read (which made me feel terrible!). This is the reason we bought AAR, and so far we’ve seen wonderful improvement and she loves the program! This article helped explain the why of her guessing. Thank you so much!

Annie

says:

My dd2 just came out of a preschool where all she learned were sight words. Homeschooling her this year for Kindergarten began in tears. Trying to teach her to read was so frustrating b/c she was a word guesser, using ALL of the methods you mentioned. Two weeks into our school year, I decided to ditch the reading/phonics program that I originally had started her on and I cold turkey bought All About Reading Level 1 for her. We are now on Lesson 26 and she has made a complete 180! She rarely ever guesses at the words and she absolutely LOVES learning to read!! Thank you SO much for blessing us with this wonderful curriculum!!

Jan

says:

My son is a first letter guesser. We’ve been using AAR level one now for close to a month. He has gotten proficient at sounding out the letters, but after sounding out the word he still guesses. For example, he will sound out b a g correctly, then say big (with a question in his voice). I’m really not sure how to help him on this.

Christie Wendt

says:

How were you able to work through this? My 5 year old son does this exact thing and I am at a loss as to how to help him. If you have any advise, please share.

Thanks

Jennifer

says:

My daughter did this too and what AAR suggested (and it did work) was to have her point to the vowel and say it again before she said the word.

Robin E. at All About Learning Press

says: Customer Service

What Jennifer said is what we recommend. Sounding the word out and then touching and saying the vowel sound again helps children to really focus on those pesky vowels.

Getting the wrong vowel sound in a word is a fairly common problem for early readers. The good news is that with gentle correction, most kids do it less and less until it isn’t a problem any more. My youngest had this problem, and after a while it grew less and less until it was a rare occurrence.

Julie

says:

These children that are calling each letter sound correctly and then saying a completely different word need to put the blending tiles aside for a moment and do phonemic awareness activities. Once they have a stronger phonemic awareness, they will be able to blend with these tiles, and the tiles will prove to be a very effective blending tool.

Asenath

says:

My soon to be 5th grader still is a first letter word guesser. Reading has been such a struggle and it is painful to watch him read. He clearly is trying so hard and is very much aware of his errors. He does have eye issues on top of that which makes reading hard for him. He still has a willing spirit to try but I’m afraid if something doesn’t click soon he is going to really start to “hate” reading time since he has already expressed that sentiment during yesterdays reading time. He originally learned the sight word method but after second grade and he wasn’t showing much improvement I decided to home school him. Through the home school program they endorsed learning to read by using Phonics. Huge difference! There were so many reading gaps and no solid foundation it was like building your house out of cards. Now, he is a reader. A slow reader but a reader who still needs to tweek certain areas. I am hopeful this program will fill those gaps and make reading a joy for him.

Kate C.

says:

Ah! My daughter is a context guesser and it drives me nuts, because she will just keep going if I say “no,” instead of listening to me try to get her to break the word down into the blend sounds. We are starting AAR level 1 in the fall and I am very excited!

Audrey

says:

My son is an occasional shape guesser. He gets to reading so fast he forgets to sound them out.

Nate Evans

says:

Our son is a mixture of these. We definitely need to work on this.

Lalea Evans

says:

Our son is a first letter and picture clue guess. Urg! Looking forward to using these tips.

Joni

says:

My boy uses all these to guess!

Grace

says:

Mine is a first-letter guesser, but only when he’s tired or distracted. Thanks for doing this great giveaway!

Cassandra

says:

My son is a “word shape” guesser. I have him “tap” the sounds on his fingers.

Danielle

says:

My son is a context clue guesser.

Jennifer C.

says:

My son is a picture guesser – he adds “the” to a lot of the sentences in the BOB books!

Julie

says:

We will be looking for these as our beginning reader gets older

kathy

says:

I have a letter guessed.

Heather

says:

so excited!

Lydia

says:

context guesser

Emma

says:

My son was a first letter guesser and then a context guesser. Now he is pretty fluent and doesn’t need to guess so much. My daughter is just starting learning letter sounds- so we’ll see what happens with her!!

Winnie

says:

I would say that my little one reads pretty well at her age with an occasional word/picture guesser thrown in there.

Christine

says:

My boy is a first letter guesser. He knows all the sounds of the letters, but will not take the time to sound out the word, he feels like he has to race through the book to finish quickly. I’m hoping AAR will help him with blending and sounding out words.

Krishna Bolling

says:

My 5 yr old daughter became a word guesser on her own when she started reading because she had spent years before just memorizing stories. So she now just fills in an unknown word with a word that would fit the context. I am working on making her slow down and sound out the word.

Kristina

says:

My daughter is a picture guesser. She studies every page and every picture very carefully!

Jamie S.

says:

My boys have learner this method and reading much better!

Stephanie

says:

My daughter is a first letter guesser. Though she gets better with each time she guesses and has started correcting herself and sounding out the sounds of each letter.

Kristi

says:

Mine is a picture guesser first and if no picture is a first letter guesser.

Rebecca W

says:

My almost seven-year-old daughter does a mixture of the Picture and Context guessing. She’s been taught phonics, but because she’s so smart she thinks she should just “know” the words, and not half to practice or sound them out.

Penny W

says:

Ours is a context guesser. My husband was a picture guesser when he was a child.

zekesmom10

says:

We have one word guesser, but as he learns more about reading, he is guessing less often. I’d say he is a picture clue guesser.

Sharon

says:

We just purchased AAL and haven’t started yet, but mine is a picture guesser.

Danielle

says:

My son is definitely a picture word guesser. :)

Danielle

says:

My son is definitely a picture word guesser.

Erin

says:

Both my daugthers are first word guessers!

kylie

says:

First letter guesser. :-)

Loretta

says:

I definetly have a word guesser. He is a combination of all the different types of guessers. I must say though that there is a definete improvement since we started using the above method on words he is struggling with!

Lisa Sexton

says:

Picture guesser…thanks for the chance!

Rhonda Moser

says:

Great information.

Kristi

says:

Picture guesser

Chad Hood

says:

WE have a mix of guessers over here!

Ashley

says:

My son does all of these at times. He’s pretty darn good at blending but sometimes wants to read too fast and will mix up a few letters so maybe more toward the word shape guesser

Crystal

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I have a “picture clue” guesser!

Christine

says:

My son exhibits the problem of guessing the ending or just leaving the ending off. This method would help him immensly

tara

says:

My Daughter Is A Word Shape GuesSer, We Can Not Wait To Start The AAR Program

Emily

says:

I have a “first letter” and “picture clue” guesser. But he is doing much better now that we have finished level 1 All About Reading!

rachel

says:

I have a combo of a first letter guesser and a picture guesser,

Anna w

says:

My oldest is a picture guesser

Courtney M

says:

My oldest is a picture/first letter guesser.

Robin

says:

My daughter used to be a combination of all of these at different times, but now she’s becoming much better about not guessing.

Jenny

says:

My child is a first letter guesser!

Carla

says:

My daughter is a picture guesser. Planning on using the next level of All About Reading to work on that! :-)

LJ

says:

My 6 yr old daughter has done some phonics (a-z, long and short vowels). She also guesses (usually correctly), but I don’t mind too much, as she can also sound out the word. I feel the context helps strengthen her phonics (sounding out). I love your method of blending, though, and I feel it will especially help her friend (who studies with her) for whom English is a foreign language.

Ashley

says:

My 2nd grader is a picture/word guesser. Both. Oh my, it’s been a challenge with him, but we’ve been doing something similar to the procedure here and it is definitely helping. I keep having to remind him not to add words though.

Jamie Eaton

says:

We are currently going through “Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons” (more than halfway through) and when my son guesses, I’d say he’s guessing based on either the first letter or the word shape.

He’s a picture guesser!

Chelsea Farnsworth

says:

Definitely a picture guesser being ‘pre-k’ age and all :)

lindsay lamb

says:

I think my son is a mixture of them all!

Kimberly

says:

My oldest was a word shape guesser. She read well overall, but she would definitely slip in the wrong words at times when she was reading quickly. I found out about AAR after she had progressed past level 2, but All About Spelling helped her develop the habit of slowing down and looking at each phonogram!

Becky Emter

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I have a word shape guesser!

tracey

says:

I have two 6-yr-olds who are pretty good at reading phonetically. They’re both on the same level (I would start with level 2) but if I had to pick one, I think they’d both be context guessers.

syeda

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My son is a picture clue guesser. Since he is a beginner reader and we mostly read picture books. I think he has developed this habit.

Trisha Berens

says:

I think my daughter is more a word shape guesser.

jacquie

says:

How about one that can sound out words that are smaller but doesn’t want to try longer words for fear of messing up? lol

Crystal

says:

Just started AAR level 1, hoping it will “cure” my sons guessing too! ;) so far extremely happy with this program! Excited to keep going!

Emily

says:

My daughter uses the first word and picture guesser techniques together…pretty effective!

Tonia P

says:

Definitely a first letter guesser!!!

Barbie

says:

My son is pretty much a picture guesser in the book and a word shape guesser on the fluency sheets. One of his problems is that he doesn’t tend to listen to himself read! So when he makes a guess, it doesn’t even have to make sense to him in the context.

carrie

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My son is a first letter guesser

Sharon

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My child is a ‘word shape’ guesser.

Bethany

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My daughter is a picture clue guesser…. she is still in the very beginning stages of reading and is really learning to sound out words, but has not quite learned all of the “special rules” yet and likes to try to read any book she has! She will sound out the letters and if she can’t figure it out, then she looks at the picures and guesses a word that fits!

RaSheena

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My son is a picture guesser, but my daughter is a first letter guesser.

Stephanie C

says:

My son’s only 5 but he just guesses random words, most of the time he doesn’t even pay attention to what letters are in the word or pictures that are on the page!

Heather Perry

says:

My daughter is definitely a word shape guesser!

Stephanie G.

says:

My child is a picture clue guesser!

Katie Yaeger

says:

My second child was a picture clue guesser.

Becki

says:

My oldest was a context guesser and my second child seems to be a picture guesser.

Grace

says:

Am Hoping To Use All About Reading With My Youngest So We Dont Have The Word Guessing Problem :)

Madonna

says:

We’ve lucked out and not had to any word guessing.

Susana Brzenski

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My 6 year old is struggling with reading that sometimes he gets so frustrated and he start guessing then he doesn’t want to read. However , i trust that he will be able to read , I am working on making see that read is a lot of fun. Thanks for this article is helping me a lot.

Tyra

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My daughter used to be a guesser (probably a mixture of a couple of those) but in the past year has really gotten better at sounding out words. I think her biggest problem was just not taking time to blend the letters together like she needed to. I would love to try the AAR to give her even more help with that!

Robyn

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Another picture guesser here too. I’ll also cover the picture at times just to encourage him to figure out a word based on other methods. First letters also sometimes come into play for guessing with him. Thanks for the tips!

Amanda Felton

says:

My son is definitely a picture guesser. Pictures are his favourite part of stories

Heather Picone

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We are just starting down the reading road, my son finds the phonograms he already knows with in the word and tries to guess from there. He uses picture clues as well.

Kerrie

says:

My youngest is a first letter guesser.

simplytodelight

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I have a first letter guesser and a picture guesser! Thanks for the tips!

cynthia

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My daughter is a picture guesser. Sometimes i have to cover the picture first so she doesn’t guess all the time.

Rebecca

says:

I have a first letter guesser

Amy

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My daughter is a context guesser.

Ellie

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I don’t mind picture guessing especially for emergent readers. I always tell my kidslook at the word and if you need help, look to the picture for clues.

Tessa

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My son is a combo. First he is a first letter guesser, then if I ask him to look again (meaning at the WORD) he is a picture guesser! Glad to know there are others out there and that I’m doing something right!

Tiffany

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My daughter is a “first letter “guesser…but she’ll also see the middle letters and, because she may be going to fast, assume because there’s an h and an r that the word is horse instead of heart, even if it doesn’t fit with he sentence topic.

Kim Chance

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My daughter is a first letter guesser!

Marci

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When my daughter is too lazy she guesses using the first syllable of the word.

Lori J.

says:

I have picture guessers here! 2 of them :)

suzi

says:

My oldest son ecaped this habit. My younger son is a word shape guesser.

kerry

says:

My daughter has done really well learning letter blends!

Marci

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Picture guesser

Deborah

says:

My son is a “first letter guesser,” unless there are pictures, then he becomes a “picture guesser.”

Joanne Miller

says:

I’m having the word guessing problem! Need all the help we can get!

Ule Logue

says:

My son is a first letter/picture guesser. He is struggling to read and I think this program would truly help him….

Nicole H

says:

My child has mastered blends.

carla newsom

says:

My child is a picture clue guesser. Always looking at the pictures.

Julie K.

says:

We managed to skip the word guessing…

Christine

says:

My daughter is a picture guesser – for sure. She tries to put the sentence into context with the picture if she doesn’t know the word. She’s improving with practice!

Jaime S

says:

My son is a picture guesser.

Katie Salvador

says:

I know for sure one of my children is a picture guesser. I would imagine I have some of each type! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jessica Gregory

says:

I would say my DS is a “word shape” guesser. He’s 11 and struggles with spelling. This program sounds wonderful and we will definitely be giving it a try this fall!

Carlin

says:

My 6 year old son is a picture guesser. I would love to try All About Reading with him.

Valerie

says:

My son is a word shape guesser.

Laura Kulp

says:

I tutor a girl who is a picture guesser. She has improved a lot since we have been using this blending procedure. I am hoping to add all of the All About Reading series to my collection of tutoring books.

Laurie Cassano

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First Letter Guesser :)

Christine H

says:

My son has always been taught using phonics but could not blend until we used the AAR method. He will occasionally guess however!

Brandi Osborn

says:

My seven year old son is a “first letter guesser.”

Sarah Sandiford

says:

My oldest son is a picture guesser, but he also has dyslexia/sensory processing problems. :)

Renatta Welsh

says:

My son, who is currently using AAR 2 and has been diagnosed with a reading disability as well as a short memory deficit, is definitely a “first letter” guesser, who mixes it up occasionally by being a “word shape” guesser! However, after using AAR 2 for about 4 months, this habit is being broken and his skills are improving tremendously!!! And for that I could not be more thankful! We are not ready for AAR 3 yet, but will be by the time it gets here, and I’m also wanting to get the PreReading for my daugter who is 3.5 and has LOTS of similarities to her older brother. Looking forward to how her mind will unfold as she begins to read. :)

Misty R.

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My daughter is a first letter guesser.

Dana

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My daughter is a first letter guesser.

jill

says:

I love the new look of the pages. I’m excited to actually see one in person. :)

Christina purington.

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My daughter is a word shape guesser but also was told by her teacher to look at pictures and guess.

Kim

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Word shape guesser. Mainly he is trying to read quickly so just working to slow him down and look at each letter helps a great deal.

Sam

says:

My son is a picture guesser :)

Kim

says:

This is a habit that we are starting to break thanks to AAS and AAR. Thanks!

Pam

says:

I think my daughter is a word shape guesser.

Deborah

says:

My kiddo is a “Picture Clue” Guesser

Rosa

says:

My son is mix of both I think.. My son is 5y/o and I’m looking for something that works for him…
Thank you!!

Mindy

says:

My daughter is a first letter guesser.

Samantha

says:

My six year old is a context clue guesser although he doesn’t do it that often. He is pretty good at sounding out word.

April

says:

My son is having such a hard time learning to read aloud with his top 4 teeth missing for almost 2 years. It would be really neat to get him to read better.

jaen

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My son is a word shape guesser

Stacy

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We are still in the pretend reading stage at our house. I’m hoping to start some more formal instruction in the fall.

Samantha

says:

My son is a mix of picture guesser and first letter guesser.

Angela

says:

My daughter is a context clues guesser.

Shanna

says:

I definitely have a first letter guesser.

Sandra Mills

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My daughter is a combination of picture guesser and first letter guesser. Working on breaking up the words :)

Jennifer

says:

My first son’s guesses turned into more and more accurate guesses. I think he ended up learning some “whole language” along with all the phonics I was trying to teach him. Now my second son doesn’t remember the same as his older brother and even after reading the same word twice or three times in the same sentence he might still have to sound it out and guess. Whereas I think his older brother was more clever and quickly memorized or the words or something—my oldest just magically got it. But my second son now seems to be in a hurry to catch up, if he knows the general context he will try and guess every word without trying. His birthday card he kept guess every word was “Happy Birthday”. Mostly he is a first letter guesser. But slowly he is getting there, we are reading about Little Bear and he is enjoying it. Every kid is different!

Megan

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My child is a context guesser.

Julie

says:

My DD was a first letter guesser. Reading beyond 5th grade level now at age 5.5
My DS is just learning to read. He uses a combination of guessing strategies.

Jenny

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I honestly feel like my daughter uses all four of these techniques either together or apart. I also think she throws in a fifth one. When I work on the word flashcards with us I feel like to sometimes assigns mnemonic devices to the cards. For instance, the word is “branch” and she will say “twig”. I have demonstrated how to sound out with the blending method but she reverts back to these other way regardless.

Kelly E

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My daughter would be a context clue or picture clue guesser. We have been working on sounding out words though and she is getting a little better :)

Camille K.

says:

My son is a “picture guesser”. I hope we win as we LOVE AAS and would love to add AAR to our curricula! Thanks for the giveaway!

Jonana

says:

My daughter doesn’t do this too badly but when she does, she’s a first letter guesser.

Kristi Jo

says:

my son is a first letter guesser. Still trying to stop that habit :)

Katie Q

says:

My daughter is a “first letter” and “picture” guesser.

Suzanne Delgadillo

says:

My daughter is a first letter guesser.

Shannon P

says:

Mine are both first letter guessers

Christa

says:

My son is a struggling reader and he is always guessing at words. I really didn’t realize what a bad habit this was. Thanks for the article.

Michele G.

says:

Two of the kids are Picture Clue guessers, my son is a First-Letter guesser :)

Melanie Nicklin

says:

My son does not guess really.

Heather Y

says:

My oldest (6) rarely guesses, unless it’s a long word he’s never seen; my youngest (4.5) is a first letter and picture guesser – those middle vowels tend to be “irrelevant” to him at this age! No sweat – he’s young and he’ll learn!

Gina Zapata

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Both of my kids do a good job of using the sounds of phonograms when reading. They do not guess very often.

Amber

says:

My daughter is a picture guesser, though as she learns he phonograms better this is greatly improving. She has always been homeschooled and has learned with phonics the whole way, so I think it is more due to wanting to be quicker like her old siblings.

Leslie Dixon

says:

My daughter is definitely context clue guesser!

Kim

says:

My daughter skims the letters.

Deanna

says:

My daughter is a combo first letter and context guesser

Nicole

says:

My four-year-old is a Picture-Clue Guesser, for sure!!!

angie

says:

I have a first letter guesser, and one that is a combination of all the above!

cris

says:

My daughter is a first letter guesser.

JC

says:

At this point my son is just a wild guesser. There is no rhyme or reason to what he will choose. We went back to pre-reading when I realized he really didn’t have a clue and he was getting frustrated in level 1.

Sonja

says:

I’d say my son is a combo of first letter guesser and picture guesser.

Lisa R

says:

Not sure yet because he is only 2!

Renee'

says:

My kid is a word guesser!

Camille

says:

I would say my beginning reader is a mix of picture clue and first letter guesser.

Dawn

says:

We have escaped the word guessing game with our youngest. Oh how I wish we’d had AAR for our first 3!

Caroline

says:

My daughter tries to sound out words first, then she goes to guessing if she can’t figure it out. She will usually use the first letter, and then context if she can’t sound it out.

Kristie S.

says:

My son can definitely sound out words, even words he doesn’t really know, thanks to AAR but he likes to rush sometimes and so he does sometimes like to be a first letter guesser or use the picture so he will say puppy instead of dog or something like that sometimes.

Kristen

says:

My son is a first letter, context guesser :-)

Cherie

says:

My son is a combination of first word and picture clue guesser. I’ve read that generally boys will memorize words and I think he does this some too.

Jess

says:

I have a “context clue” guesser. He can come up with some pretty interesting phrases::

jamie

says:

My son is a mixture of all guessing types….but mostly because he doesn’t take his time to read what is actually written!!! He knows a lot of the blends but sometimes has trouble paying deep enough attention to what he is reading.

Netesse

says:

I have a picture guesser.

Lisa Imerman

says:

My child is a picture guesser if there are pictures, otherwise he is a context clue guesser. I think he actually uses several strategies.

Angela Fraser

says:

I do, he does a little of each. Wondering about starting vision therapy, but will definitely try this first!

Marina Lewandowski

says:

Yup! I have a guesser!

CarmenG

says:

I’m not really sure yet about my son. We will start learning letters and sounds this year.

Meg

says:

My 6 yo uses a combination of picture and context guessing. He can sound words out, but it’s hard work, and he’d rather guess.

Stacy

says:

My children seem to do each of these guessing ways to read. I have never thought of that before. Thanks for the information!

Tasha G

says:

First letter guesser…and she will look at the pictures to figure it out too.

Tara Waller

says:

My son is a picture clue guesser.

Shannon

says:

My Little tends to guess at words with the assumption it’s a “memory word” or “rule breaker” as we call it. Ultimately, he doesn’t do it too often.

Kathy Schell

says:

Definitely does many of these things–uses context mostly and will say “I can’t read that” like the post above.

kira

says:

My did still tends to guess at some longer words–she just turned 9. She’s a word shape guesser and I think AAS would help that a lot.

Natasha

says:

Great tip! My early readers are a blend of context guessers and first letter guessers. They look at the first letter and then think of a word beginning with that letter that will fit the context.

Sherri Dickey

says:

My son is a picture and a first letter guesser!

Paige

says:

I have a child that does this. We need this program

Michelle W

says:

I think we may have escaped this habit – not positive but if my son doesn’t know a word he will just either try to sound it out or say “I can’t read that”.

Heather

says:

My daughter is a context guesser!!

Amanda

says:

I have a first letter guesser I think… He’s 4 and reading Cvc words. Sometimes we have to stop and look at the vowel again.

Cathy

says:

My daughter is a word shape guesser. If she doesn’t get it right she just keeps guessing until I prompt her to sound it out.

Shannon D

says:

My daughter is a first letter guesser, all the time.

Michelle

says:

My child is a First Letter Guesser and Picture Guesser (depending if a picture is available that might be helpful for the word being attempted).

Megan

says:

I love that since teaching my kids the rules with AAS, there is no more guessing, just reminding them of the spelling/phonics rules!

Gina Humbel

says:

My daughter does all of the above on guessing.

Rachel P

says:

My daughter seems to be a word shape guesser. If she doesn’t get it right the first time she keeps looking at me and guessing instead of looking at the word and sounding it out.

Nikki

says:

We have a first letter guesser in our home but she has improved so much with this program!

Tracy Ripley

says:

My 6 year old is a word guesser. We just started AAR L1 today and I am hoping to break his habit! :)

Michelle

says:

My son wants to spell so bad he can hardly stand it. So he just puts letters together he thinks sound right for a word.

Tawnya Hood

says:

I would say my 3rd child is a first letter, followed by a picture guesser. She starts the word, realizes she doesn’t quite know it and looks around for clues. :)

Tara

says:

My daughter was a picture guesser.

Debbie

says:

My son is definitely the context guesser and learning to S.. L..O..W.. down to blend has really helped him become a better reader and speller. The tiles are one of the best features for him for learning to blend. Love this program and are almost ready to start the next.

B

says:

My almost 4 year old son is a picture guesser.

Shannon S

says:

My son is a first letter guesser. He sometimes guesses words that have nothing to do with what we are reading and that he has never been asked to read before, just because they start with the same letter!

Cheryl Ingersoll

says:

My son is a picture guesser and he will guess based on the first and last letter of the word

Laurie

says:

I think my daughter is a little bit of all for types of guesser. She has been teased because of her lack of reading skill and has totally shut down. I am hoping that this program will give her confidence to try again.

Stephanie

says:

My little girl is a “picture clue” guesser, but I think that’s natural at this stage, as she hasn’t learned to read yet. I love watching her “retell” stories with pictures. :)

Meredith Covert

says:

My son is a “first letter” guesser. Very interesting article! Thanks!

Amber

says:

My daughter is a “word shape” guesser

Julie

says:

My 4 yr old doesn’t do much guessing yet. Maybe too much of a perfectionist. He sounds everything out and is afraid to get a word wrong.

Jean

says:

My daughter is a picture clue guesser. We definitely need to change curriculum.

Karla

says:

My son’s not officially reading yet. He knows a couple words, like mom, my name, his dad’s name, dad, and of course his own. I’m sure there are more, but he doesn’t yet officially qualify as word guessing I guess.

Michele Rezewski

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We are just starting to teach our son to read so I am not sure if he is a guesser or not. This is good information to know.

April

says:

My 5 year old daughter is a picture guesser.

Tiffany S.

says:

Great article. Luckily my sons didn’t do that, they slowly tried to sound them out but never really heard them trying to “guess” a word.

Shar W

says:

Most of my kids are “first word” guessers. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to win!
Shar W

Karyn

says:

I think my daughter is a picture clue guesser. She does this a lot as we are reading!

Andre

says:

My son is a first letter and picture guesser.

Jenny K

says:

My daughter will be learning to read this coming school year. It will be interesting to see how she does. I think All About Reading will make the whole process much easier.

Jeanee

says:

My dd has just started reading, within the last few weeks. It’s hard to say which type of guesser she is, though I’ve noticed she does try to guess words. Instead of sounding them out she kind of just makes up a word she thinks will come next! Excited about using a more formal program with her to nip this in the bud while she is still early in the process.

Emily

says:

My almost 5 yr old has been reading since 2,but still uses all three strategies when confronted with s large or odd word. I hope AAS and AAR will help him grasp the whys behind words. My almost 3 guesseryold is a pictures guesser just learning.his letters. Prereading for him.

Lacey

says:

My 4 yr old refuses to guess. If he doesn’t know he asks & asks & asks until someone tells him.

Christy K.

says:

My youngest is usually a first letter guesser but sometimes she uses pictures for help too.

Nicole

says:

I think my 4th grader combines first letter and word shape for guessing big words. She is just too busy and impatient to sound them out. Eventually she recognizes the word after seeing and hearing on several different pages of a book, but if I try to stop her reading outloud and make her sound it out it’s like torture to her. Sounding out letter tiles is very painful to her because it requires her to slow down and she hates doing anything slow. But we’re working on it.
Would love to win the give-a-way!

Amanda

says:

My son is still a pre-reader so he is definitely a picture guesser at this point!

Mary K

says:

picture guesser

Rk

says:

My daughter guesses sometimes. I think that’s easy for her to do then figuring sounds.

Alicia J

says:

My 1st grader could really use this program! She is a picture and first letter guesser and I am really struggling trying to get her to sound out the words! This program would be a blessing to us!

Alicia

says:

My oldest was a word guesser until we started AAS. My middle daughter is a picture/context guesser.

Georgette

says:

When my son reads things that are at or close to his reading level/abilities, he tries to sound the word out with what rules he already knows and remembers. As he attempts more and more things that are quite a bit above his reading level, he tends to mix his guessing methods – sometimes first letter or context or picture, while other times multiple guessing strategies at once. I’m not too concerned yet, since he is still in the early stages of reading. I’m thinking (hoping) that he will stop guessing as he progresses through the levels and learns to read even better.

Michelle

says:

My daughter is doing great!! No guessing, but we started a little later than most would!!

Kaya

says:

I have both a word shape guesser and a picture clue guesser. I have tried so much for my picture clue guesser. I have covered the pictures, had him repeat it without giving any clues, trying to get him to sound out the word no matter what. My daughter, the word shape guesser, gets frustrated after her second guess. I have encouraged her to use her finger and go down the word. Put her finger over the last part of the word, then sound them out one at a time. She just gets frustrated and shuts down. That’s not the way I want her to enter the beautiful journey of reading for enjoyment…

Evelyn

says:

My son was always a word guesser.

Blair

says:

I have a context clue guesser!

Luann

says:

My child is definitely a context and picture guesser. :)

Jennifer

says:

My daughter is still learning her blends. However, that being said, she does very good looking at pictures to determine what is happening in that particular scene of the story. I have been wanting this curriculum for so long. Still hoping we can purchase it for school this year, but if not, we will definitely get it next year.

Emily R.

says:

My daughter is definitely a picture guesser!

Heather

says:

My child is a first-letter guesser, or should I say she WAS. She has become such a more fluent reader and now has gained the tools she has needed to become better at blending and decoding words in general, all thanks to AAR and AAS! Thank you!

Amy Calton

says:

My daughter is a word shape guesser. This information is very helpful! We will be starting All About Spelling soon. We have heard so many great things about this program!

Jacque

says:

My little one is a 1st letter guesser. She does it all the time.

Sara

says:

My daughter guesses the rear half of long words, giving up on the sounding the word out after the first or second syllable. Thank you for your helpful article. I have been trying to break this habit for the entire 2 1/2 years we have been homeschooling.

Haley Aldrich

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My 5-year-old is a first letter and a picture guesser.

Rachel C

says:

My son uses the first letter to guess the word.

MamaGames

says:

My daughter is a picture-clue guesser, although she also uses the first letter of the word to try and make her guess. Would love to try All About Reading for her!

Casandra

says:

My son is a picture clue guesser.

Peiyin Hiew

says:

Even at age 10, my son still guesses the more complex, multiple syllable words! I think its because he never had a solid phonics foundation. After discovering AAR and AAS, I’m so thrilled that I can have a right start with my 5-year old. Thank you so much!

Kensey

says:

My son is a context guesser. But I love your solution!

Leslie

says:

It would be great if our children could avoid becoming word guessers. My husband does that.

Clio

says:

Thank you for this. My son is definitely a first letter guesser. Sometimes I get frustrated. Sometimes I will laugh because he will look at a very short word and guess a very long word. I like the idea of going to the letter tiles.

Winnie

says:

My little one I believe gets excited and reads the word too fast having her sometimes “guessing” the word.

Jenny

says:

My son is a context guesser, sometimes doesn’t even look at the word!

Mike

says:

Context clues guesser :)

Cyndi N

says:

My dd mastered the AAR blending after finishing level 1.

Melanie

says:

My son is a first letter guesser…hoping to remedy that with your great program!

Kd Blackburn

says:

My last child is “finishing up” learning to read and he is definitely a picture word guesser! haha

Dawn

says:

I generally remind my son to just sound it out – “try again…”

Angela

says:

My daughter is a first letter guesser.

Jill

says:

My daughter is definately a picture guesser!!

Tara G.

says:

My child is a first letter guesser!

Heather

says:

My son is a combination first letter and shape guesser.

Cyndi

says:

My children tend to be first letter and context guessers.

Sarah E

says:

Out of three, I have one that I’m not sure how he arrives at his word! I suppose sometimes it’s the leading letter, but other times a context guess. I didnt teach sight words, but he has always wanted to read fast. I’ve avoided the picture clues because I cover the picture until after they read the sentence(s). I’ve got two more to teach coming up! Great give away!

Clarissa

says:

After reading this article, I watch how my second child read, and think she is “all 4” in one sentence. I consider her to lead with a Picture Clues Guesser. She doesn’t like to be rushed into reading, until she has studied the picture.

Jennifer S

says:

my 7 year old is a very good reader, but when she sees long words, she will sometimes guess based on word shape of a familiar word – continent for confident, etc. So we are working on sounding out multisyllable words just like she used to do for every one-syllable word. I have to remind her that blending is not just for short words.

Kat R.

says:

I have twin boys. One is a context clue word guesser. The other always “sounds out” words he does not know using phonics rules.

Lisa

says:

Mine can be a bit of a word shape guesser but only on the bigger words

Julie

says:

I’ve got a first letter guesser, but we’re working on it :)

Melissa

says:

My youngest daughter hasn’t started reading yet. But she like to look at the pictures and make up what is going on in the story.

Kerri

says:

I have “First Letter” guessers!

Jennifer Bergamini

says:

Mine is a picture guesser~

Alice R

says:

My 8yo who struggles with reading is a word guesser. She usually goes by the shape, although sometimes she just seems to guess based on the first or tallest letter. Since I drew her attention to it, she has become better about stopping and sounding things out. The reason it is easy to guess is because in the early years the obvious guess is often right.

Lori

says:

Great article. I think my son does a combination of first-letter and context clues guessing.

Virginia

says:

My son tends to be great at blending unless he is tired or distracted. Then, he tends to be a mixture of the different types of guessers.

Angel

says:

I love love AAR! such a great program

Patty

says:

I’ve got a picture guesser and a first letter guesser. Neither one is doing that great with blending, since they both tend to get stuck on their initial guess.

Lora Gaul

says:

We are just at the prereading stage working with letter sounds but they both can retell stories using pictures.

Angie M.

says:

My oldest is a context guesser and my 2nd reader is a first letter guesser, but she has been reading for maybe a month.

Tiffany

says:

My little girl is a picture guesser.

Louanne

says:

When my daughter guesses she is a first letter guesser or picture guesser.

Beth L.

says:

My son always looks at the pictures and makes up something to go with it.

Sabrina

says:

My daughter is a picture guesser.

Jennifer Flournoy

says:

I have a first letter and a picture guesser

Laura K

says:

Both of my boys are context clue guessers when they do guess. :)

Heather

says:

Both of mine are first letter guessers mostly, with a touch of shape guesser in there as well.

Jennifer

says:

Thanks for this wonderful opportunity! This will be our first year homeschooling three children…I hope we win :)

Cheryl

says:

My son is a picture or context guesser. It is so frustrating because I’m like why would you think it says train when it starts with an “s” and you know the sound for “s”!

Karra

says:

My daughter is working on blending…! Thanks

Cheryl

says:

I have a child who was specifically taught to blend sounds. And does it to a fault. (Doesn’t recognize the same word later in a book. But that won’t last forever…) UNLESS she’s having a give up moment. Then I have picture clue guesser. Still working on it. Trying to change picture clues into just a clue…. like this: Ok so… he DOES look happy. But did the word start with a “h”? … no? What does it start with? “Gl”… oh… and then a? “-a -d” …. so? ” glad!” So does THAT make sense? “yes!” :-) … just PART of the toolbox. :-)

my daugther is a first letter guesser, she is starting learning…

Krystle

says:

My son is a ‘picture clue’ guesser. I usually cover the pictures the first couple of times he reads a story.

Kim W

says:

My little one is still a pre-reader so he is definitely a picture guesser, but he is starting to learn letter sounds so sometimes he mixes it up and uses first-letter guessing :) . Looking forward to using AAR to help him become a reader and not a guesser!

amy

says:

My 3.5 year old is a first letter guesser.

Tara S.

says:

My daughter does very well sounding out the words but occasionally she is a “context guesser”, especially on large, unfamiliar words.

Kristin George

says:

My daughter is a context clue guesser.

Jess

says:

My almost 7 year old is a word shape guesser.

Sharon A

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One is a picture guesser and the other is a sound it out. Life is interesting here.

Heather

says:

My daughter guesses words based off the first couple of letters or from a picture… We used a synthetic phonics program in kindergarten and 1st grade, so I have never understood how to help her “get it”

Alice W.

says:

My daughter is still a little young for this…she hasn’t started guessing words yet. She’s 3.5

Shell J

says:

My daughter is a picture guesser. : )

Trisha

says:

Picture guesser big time over here!

Crystal

says:

My daughter is a first letter & picture guesser,

Lisa K

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My 7 year old more refuses to read than guesses. I have recently discovered that he may have eye teeming and tracking issues. He is doing SO WELL with All About Spelling 1. He can spell the words and read the word cards but refuses to read sentences and told me that the words “bounce.” I will be taking him to have his vision checked so he can begin to really read. I think he will like All About Reading 2 just as much as All About Spelling.

Catherine

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My son is a context clue word guesser. He really does understand what he’s reading though! :)

Crystal

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My kindergartener is a picture guesser. We haven’t done AAR, but we have done Level 1 and 2 of AAS. I’m going to try this suggestion.

Jacqueline

says:

My daughter is a picture guess and first word guesser. Not always are there pictures to help.

Karen S.

says:

I would saw my little guy is both a picture and context word guesser.

Jenn Wolfe

says:

My son is a first letter guesser!

Katie

says:

My son is a first letter guesser. He gets really excited and wants to do things quickly. It’s hard to slow down!

Gwen

says:

Picture guesser for sure!

Laura

says:

Picture guesser!

Desiree

says:

My two that are learning to read are both picture guessers, to the point that I’m not even sure they look at the words sometimes. I’m going to pull out the letter tiles and follow the suggestion.

Jessy S.

says:

My child is a “word shape guesser” which caused problems when it came to spelling and sounding out words. We switched to AAS halfway through 1st grade and it made a huge difference! I’m looking into AAR for him next year.

Mariah

says:

My daughter was a picture guesser.

Sara

says:

My son is a picture guesser.

Michelle

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While my daughter isn’t actually reading yet, when we’re working on letters she guesses based on the general shape. For example, R and K have a similar shape except R is rounded and connected at the top, she often mixes these up. I’m hoping to avoid guessing by working through AAR all the way, we’re just about done with pre-level 1!!

Amy

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My daughter I a picture guesser.

Megan

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My son is first letter guesser. He has his favorite words and when he’s getting lazy he will use those in place of blending!

Hanna

says:

My daughter is a first letter, picture guesser. I am (still) a whole word guesser so I think she must come by that honestly. :)

Jan

says:

My kids are just starting out and I find its better not to have a picture above the word or he will just guess associated to the picture and not actually sound it out.

LBurkes

says:

Definitely a picture guesser.

Amanda

says:

My daughter guesses words she hasn’t learned to read yet. We have completed All About Reading Level 1 and she loves to read so she grabs books that are too difficult for her and guesses the word based on the pictures and beginning letters.

Patricia

says:

My son is a picture and context guesser

Mandy

says:

I think mine use all of the above areas to make guesses sometimes. However, one of my twin girls uses the pictures more than anything. I sometimes cover the picture with a post it note or index card if I think it may give it away.

Misty

says:

My son is a picture clue guesser.

Krystal S.

says:

My daughter is a first letter guesser! Love this post, so informative!

Leigh

says:

My child is a word shape guesser and a picture guesser.

Stefanie

says:

My daughter is none-of-the-above. I’ll call her a random guesser. If she doesn’t know it she’ll say ANYTHING because she gets mad if she doesn’t know it. lol

Jennifer Kearns

says:

My son is a first letter and shape guesser

Linds

says:

Our 7 year old is a context word guesser.

Tiffany

says:

I have 3 I am teaching right now and I think we have at least one of each and maybe all 4!

Lisa

says:

Thanks for the tips! My little ones are all still at the pre-reading stage. I will be sure to incorporate this as they continue to learn phonics.

Alisha b

says:

My son is a first letter guesser.

Laina Y

says:

My youngest is a picture guesser for sure! She has trouble keeping her eyes on the words and not on the pictures, and does much better blending and reading when we read things with no pictures!

Kristen

says:

Definitely a first letter guesser and a context clue guesser! :) She is getting much much better, though!

Jennifer

says:

my little sister that I homeschool for my mom is a context guesser with a little bit of word shape thrown in.

Beth Buster

says:

I have both first letter guessers and picture cue guessers

Jennifer Stott

says:

My son is just starting Level 1 and does this…thanks for the tips.

silver

says:

My son is a “Context Clue Guesser”. For example, if the text has “do not”, and the context makes it clear that it will be something like that, he’ll often guess “don’t”!

Misti J.

says:

My child is definately a mixture of 3 of them. She is a picture guesser, a context clue guesser, and a first letter guesser. I am excited to try the letter tiles to help her sound out the words.

Kim

says:

My children tend to be picture guessers and first letter guessers.

Jessica

says:

First letter guesser ;)

J Blake

says:

I would say my daughter is a picture guesser

Wednesday

says:

First letter

Maggie Sullivan

says:

I think my daughter is a first letter guesser, but it seems like she tries all of these from time to time.

Laura

says:

My daughter seems to be a picture guesser. Trying to work with her on it though.

Kendalene Wambolt

says:

My daughter is 8 and is definitely a context clue guesser. Very hard habit to break from.

Susan Livelli

says:

My child is a first letter guessed for sure!

Midge Vad

says:

My daughter is probably a combination of a first letter and word shape guesser.

jess

says:

Picture Clue guesser

Ashley

says:

My son does a bit of each. I would say he mostly does context. :)

Asha Merkes

says:

My son loves the pre-reading level.
He pretend s to read.

Katy Stephens

says:

My 5yo daughter is a picture-clue guesser :)
Although she’s doing better with sounding out now. :)

Elodie Crews

says:

I am homeschooling 6 of my crew right now. Through the years it’s always been a mix of first letter guessing, and picture guessing. I have just started using AAR for my 3 youngest & I can tell a huge difference! Thanks for the suggestions.

my 3 year old reads on a second grade level and reads phonetically. It isn’t something his father or I taught him – he learned on the ipad, to be honest! If he doesn’t feel like working at it, he is a word shape guesser :)

Lynette

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My daughter is a word shape guesser.

Kelly

says:

My son is a picture guesser and first letter guesser. We are still trying to find a way to break that habit!

Rose

says:

We haven’t had too big a problem with word guessing, but I’ve noticed that if they are struggling with a word, if they use a finger under each letter they get it right almost EVERY time and faster than when they try looking at it and sounding it out. I tell them to use their “magic wands” (for the girls) or “laser beams/swords” (for our boy) to read the word. They don’t always like to but I remind them it works nearly every time.

Lesley C.

says:

I have one that is both a first letter guesser and a word shape guesser…. and another that is a picture clue guesser. We are working on it! :)

Tonya

says:

I notice that my son tends to be a “word shape” guesser when he gets tired. He does a beautiful job of using what he’s learned in AAR to correctly read words most of the time, but I can tell his skills slip when he fatigues. For us, that’s usually my signal that it’s time to move on to something else. I try very hard to keep his learning fun and enjoyable. When we resume the following day, he sails through words he struggled and guessed with the day before.

Molly

says:

My kiddo is a random guesser. I have seen her try to match picture clues, word shapes, initial sounds. Almost anything to keep from doing the actual work of sounding things out. She is in such a rush to read!

Amber Shonk

says:

At this point I don’t have a word guesser. We are just about finished with Pre-Level and hoping to get Level 1 very soon.

Kate

says:

My son does a little of a couple. He is a picture guesser and a first-letter guesser.

jenn

says:

My son used to be a picture and first letter guesser. We finished AAR level 1 this year and his improvement in reading has skyrocketed! hoping to get to use level 2 soon!

Lisa S

says:

She is a picture guesser… but the more we work on sounds the better she getting at blending.

Allison

says:

This is so funny since just today my 5.5 year old was doing this while reading The Grump from AAR2. She is def a “Context Clue” Guesser!

crystal

says:

My son is a picture guesser

Christie H.

says:

My daughter isn’t any of these. She is the type that will will try to sound out every single letter sound and try to figure out the word.

Stephanie

says:

this is perfect, i’ve been struggling with this with my 5 yo who *knows* how to read (and sound out) but gets ahead of himself a lot. (ex: The duck when down to the shore of the like” instead of lake.) lol. It’s a process, and i’m glad i’ve found this with some handy tips on how to break these habits.

Nichole

says:

My son is a first – letter guesser.

melody

says:

my almost 10 y/o DS will guess every once in a while my other DS well he is only 4 weeks old so I guess I will cut him some slack lol

Brenda

says:

My son still tries to word guess in level 2. I just gently remind him to blend the word correctly.

Rebecca

says:

My daughter was very much a first-letter guesser. My son is too young to be sure yet.

Alana

says:

I would say my 4 yr old is a picture guesser on most things and on letters he is confident about then a first letter guesser.

Lisa G.

says:

I am new to homeschooling, and my daughter is reading very well. However, I have been annoyed by her tendency to sometimes guess at words (not just new words, but words I know she can read). I have attributed it to laziness, so I usually make her go back and re-read the entire sentence. She seems to be a first letter and word shape guesser. I am glad to hear that I am not alone in this!!!!

Joy

says:

My son is a picture word guesser.

Steph

says:

My big one was a first letter guesser who progressed to word shape… now he uses context clues over that and has become a decent guesser.

My little one still uses picture clues, then first letter. Word shape does him no good because, “The letters keep changing places.”

Jenna

says:

My oldest daughter is a context guesser. She can read around the word and know pretty much what it should be.

Danielle

says:

My son is a combination “first letter guesser” and “picture guesser.”

Rachael

says:

It depends on the context. If there is a picture, they might use that. Sometimes it’s the beginning and end.

Becky

says:

My daughter is a first letter guesser.

Christina P

says:

My daughter was a first letter word guesser until we added AAS to our curriculum. Now I don’t notice her guessing with words near as much.

Meg A

says:

My son is a picture guesser right now.

Samantha

says:

I sometimes get the picture guesses from my oldest.

Jenny

says:

My son is a word guesser. He looks at the word, rolls his eyes up and tries to guess without even looking at the board or page.

Lowrie

says:

we have 4 kids – over the years we have had first letter, picture and context guessers. The older three are doing much better but the youngest is just learning to read.

Camrey

says:

My son is a first letter guesser, and at times will guess using all four strategies. He is a fluent reader, but his accuracy is low because of this.

Kristel

says:

I have a 9 year old daughter that is a First Letter Guesser when it comes to long words. She an avid reader, but I often catch her doing this. I also have a 5 yr old son that is both a Picture & Context Guesser, he really does read much better when there are no pictures to distract him. But, even then he often tries to guess a word that he is unfamiliar with.

Judith Martinez

says:

My daughter is a picture guesser.

trisha kilpatrick

says:

First letter guesses

Jeanette

says:

My daughter guesses mostly by looking at pictures but also from memory. If she has heard the book read to her she guesses based in what she remembers.

Tina

says:

My daughter does all 4 at one time or another. There’s no real pattern to it. When I tell her not to guess, she does put the effort in to sound it out and she usually can.

Leeanna

says:

I have a picture guesser from time to time. He’s getting better though. :)

Cori T

says:

My daughter is definitely a guesser! She struggles with both spelling and reading at this point and has some learning difficulties, so this program would be perfect for her! When she looks at a word, I can see her counting the letters, looking at the pictures, and then trying to figure out what the word is. We need help!

Shauna

says:

My 9 year old daughter, seems to have 3 out of 4 guessing problems. We have been using All About Spelling for about a year and a half now and we LOVE it!! She struggles with spelling and reading. I really like the idea of slowing words down and having her sound them out bit by bit. I think she may get frustrated though, as she is my ‘I just want to get it done and over with’ child. But it is worth a shot!! Thank you!!

Heather N.

says:

This is a great topic! I think I would classify my son as a word shape guesser – and honestly I think sometimes it is simply because he wants to go FAST. The suggestion to have your student TOUCH each phonogram letter tile is exactly what I have him slow down and do. The trick is getting my son to just slow down, sound it each phonogram and blend. Sometimes he gets a little frustrated during the process, but it has helped him immensely with reading new words! We LOVE All About Reading!

Kristie A.

says:

My child is a context clue guesser!

sherry

says:

Both my sons are context guessers, but we’re working on changing that!!

Sonya

says:

My son is all of those EXCEPT a picture guesser. When the word is long he’ll never look at the whole shape of the word to guess. I’m sure it has something to do with visual processing.

Sonya

says:

I have one child that is a first letter guesser and another that is a picture clue guesser.

Nicole C

says:

My kids see the first letter and just says something in the place of the word.

Jennifer

says:

I have a “picture clue” guesser & a “context clue” guesser.

Beth

says:

He’s probably a context clue guesser, but I’ll have to watch for these clues.

Christine

says:

My daughter is a picture guesser.

Brianna

says:

My middle daughter is a complete picture clue girl. Failing pictures, she’ll sometimes guess from the first letter, but sometimes she just throws out words she knows!

Carrie Adkins

says:

My daughter is a first letter guesser. She can sound out words–but often just guesses from the first letter.

Robin

says:

My 8 yr old child uses all four – “first letter,” “word shape,” “picture clue,” and “context clue” guessing. He uses “word shape” and “context clue” guessing the most often. He has never been taught to guess or taught whole word or sight word methods. But he does have ADHD and dyslexia which are contributing factors to word guessing.

He is enrolled in a cyber charter school. The cyber school supplies the curricula for me to teach and a real-time virtual classroom teacher who meets with students weekly. The school uses standardized testing where reading fluency (particularly speed) is tested and emphasized. The teachers encourage the students to read as quickly as possible.

I believe emphasis on speed can account for many children using word guessing strategies even when they have been taught phonics and syllabication. We should emphasize accuracy by requiring student to take the time needed to use phonics and syllabication strategies. Over time, reading speed will come naturally though the practice of these strategies.

As a side note, my older two children were taught by our local public school to guess words. When they came home with a “reading strategies” list of steps (strategies) to follow, I was horrified!! The LAST strategy, when none of the previous “strategies” worked ( picture clue, first letter and last letter, context clue, etc.), was to “sound it out.” I could not believe it! My children were being taught “sound it out” was the strategy of LAST RESORT!! This is one of the main reasons my youngest never attended our local public school.

Patricia

says:

My son is a “Picture Clue” guesser, but he is trying to sound out each letter as we have been going through lessons in Level I. Thanks for this reading program!

Kristin Peterson

says:

My son is a mixture of them, depending on his mood. First letter and picture guessing are his favorite.

Joyce

says:

My daughter is a word shape guesser.

Trisha

says:

My daughter is a picture guesser too!

Nicki

says:

My daughter is a picture guesser.

Leslie

says:

This is very helpful. My son is a guesser…but our homelearning support teacher was encouraging it, which seemed counter-intuitive to me. This clears things up. Thank you!

Joey N

says:

My son is still doing the pre-reading level (he’s just 3 1/2). But he does guess at some words in context and is beginning to put together letters into whole words!

Kelly

says:

My son is 6 and is a first letter guesser and a picture guesser. I have been using AAS with my oldest (7) for level 1 and 2 and really want AAR for my son. I think he is somewhere near level 1, but still gets letters mixed up sometimes, so might need some prereading review?

My 3 year olds is a first letter guesser (not unusual for her age). I’ve seen the same thing in middle school students I’ve taught.

Nikki

says:

My daughter is a first letter guesser.

Shannon Hummer

says:

I have a first letter guesser, and an occasional picture clue guesser, as well.

Jeree B

says:

No word guessers yet. Planning on using phonics program so hopefully won’t be an issue.

Sabrina L

says:

Well another reason to love AAR because you actually teach your child to read instead of how our public schools teach them to read. I used to teach in public schools and we were taught that this is how you teach a child to read, when they come to a word they do not know look at the pictures for clues etc. This leads to the guessing game and honestly doesn’t really work well. Now that my children are getting to the age for reading we are using AAR because you actually teach your child the phonetics and they actually read instead of guessing.

Susan

says:

I guess my child falls into the first letter guesser category although the only time she really just guesses at the words are when she is wanting to do something else. Is there a special category for “Let me get out of here” guesser?

Tracey M.

says:

My daughter will use guessing habits occasionally when reading – she’s a “context clue” guesser. She doesn’t do it often and mainly uses it when attempting to read extremely large words. I am a former teacher so I am guilty of teaching the strategy of looking at a pictures, context clues, and word shapes to identify a word. I would LOVE the opportunity to try All About Reading Level 2 with Alyssa. Thank you for the chance.

Michelle

says:

We started AAS and thankfully my daughter doesn’t guess too often!

Krystle C

says:

My daughter is a 1st letter guesser!

Tracie W

says:

My daughter does a little of each, but mostly tries the picture guessing method. Hopefully, this year we will be able to get AAR and try to move past the word guessing!

Kristel

says:

My 7 year old son is a word shaped guesser, but since we have been using AAR Level 1, he has done better pronouncing out the words. Also I got his eyes checked and he needed glasses! So now he is able to see better and really loves his reading book.
We are planning to use Level 1 this summer and start Level 2 in the fall.

Erica

says:

I have definitely got several first letter word guessers

Amber Schaney

says:

My son is a picture guesser. I often cover up the pictures until he’s finished reading the page!

Natasha

says:

I reckon Rebecah is a context guesser:-)

kelly tillotson

says:

my 5 year old is a more of a word shape guesser
*kelly
kelly-tillotson@hotmail.com

Melodie

says:

My son just finished AAR Level 1 today. He usually uses the blending procedure to sound out the words. Occasionally though, he will guess using the context or a picture as a clue. I love AAL! I’m looking forward to starting level 2 with him.

Melodie

says:

My son just finished AAR Level 1 today. He usually uses the blending procedure to sound out the words. Occasionally though, he will guess using the context or a picture as a clue. I love AAL! I’m looking forward to stared level 2 with him.

Lisa Marshall

says:

Right now she seems to be learning her sounds.

Andrea

says:

My daughter is a first letter guesser… but getting better.

Nauszi

says:

I think my daughter is a “word shape” guesser. She tries to say the right word, but if it’s a new word she doesn’t recognize she guesses to finish quickly. She even makes up words.

Family5

says:

My daughter s a first letter guesser. When the words are too big she usually doesn’t attempt to read them. When is the level 3 All Bout Reading coming out?

Merry

says:

Late summer/early fall.

Lynne

says:

Our granddaughter, when coming across an unknown word, guesses from the context. We mention
taking one sound, a blended sound, and then reading the base word before saying the ending – ly, able, ed, ing, sion, etc.

Mrs. Warde

says:

I tutored a pubic school kindergartener-going-into-first-grader one summer and the way to get her to stop guessing was to go back to the basics and cover all but a letter at a time to get her to read the actual word. It was tiresome, but it was worth it.

My son is a picture clue guesser! It doesn’t even have to start with the same letter and he will through out a guess!

Heather

says:

Both my boys are definitely “Picture Clue” Guessers! We are working on getting out of this “habit” right now.

Marilois

says:

I have 2 children, 6 and almost 5. The 6 yo is really good about sounding out letters to unlock new words. The almost 5yo guesses. She looks at the first letter and just puts in a word. The 6yo picked up reading quickly and easily, but I feel I will really need to work with the almost 5yo on phonics work to gain mastery.

Holly

says:

We’ve been using All About Spelling and are ready to move onto AAS Level 2! My daughter is a combination of first letter and picture guesser. Our current reading program is at the end and we’d love to have All About Reading to go with AAS!

Candy

says:

My son is a struggling reader and when he gets tired he just guesses by looking at the first letter and makes something up. We use AAS and it is helping!

kathy

says:

Guesser of all kinds. I just realized the program I am using teaches this. Not sure what to think :(

Joyce M.

says:

My older daughter is a ‘context clue’ guesser.

Adrienne

says:

My child is a first letter guesser and a word shape guesser. This was definately a bad habit that was picked up in a school that taught spelling by having students fill letters into boxes that were the shape of the letter. It’s improving, but a really hard habit to break.

Melissa

says:

My daughter is a first letter & ending guesser. It seems like she ignores the middle. I have to make her slow down to see & decode each phonogram in the unknown word.

Adra

says:

My 7YO is a first-letter and picture guesser. Level 2 would be great!

Teri

says:

My son is a picture guesser. We are trying to break this habit because guessing by this nature can give very off answers.

carisue

says:

My six year old is a picture guesser. He sees the drawing and guesses. Sometimes very wrong guessing at that.

Lara Borden

says:

So far I’ve taught 4 of my 6 kids to read and all have “guessed” at words to some degree, so this is helpful.

Suzanne

says:

My son (6) is a picture guesser and my daughter is beginning sound guesser! I am debating on the preprimer or level 1 for them. I am hoping to teach them simultaneously since they are so close in ability!

Charis

says:

I was a first grade teacher before I had kids and started homeschooling, so we’ve started off with phonics right away! Good reminder about teaching them to blend.

Tami

says:

My son tries to guess the words all the time. He does a combination of the different types of guessing.

Ashleigh

says:

Mine would be a first letter guesser. She is only in Kindergarten and I think she learned it in preschool. I’m so excited to see the difference with AAR curriculum!!

Rebecca Leensvaart

says:

My oldest is reading very well because of this program. When she runs accross new words, she is a word shape guesser. We’re working on sounding new words out…thanks for the helpful tips:)

Barbie

says:

My youngest began attempting to read before I felt ready to teach him, and consequently has begun using pictures and context to guess words. AAS is working well to remediate bad habits my eldest acquired in public school, and my little one is so keen to join the lessons that I feel I ought to begin AAR with him as soon as possible.

Momstarr

says:

We reall enjoy the all about spelling program.
Would love to try AAR!!

sue

says:

My son is a word guesser but I haven’t figured out which kind yet. We are just starting with the pre-reading level of AAR, so haven’t done too much sounding out yet, but I have found him guessing on a online computer game that he likes to play – I’m not sure if he is impatient. He likes to sit back and listen and learn, so he might be trying to avoid sounding things out because its not his preferred method of learning.

heather

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My word guesser is a picture guesser. After guessing a word she wants to keep moving on with the page. I have to shut the book and have her write down the word as she guessed it, then look at the word in the book, to see the difference. She also confuses lots of words if they start with the same letter: with, when, will for example. The final thing she does that baffles me is confuse sight words: the, a, for, etc. We are struggling having completed three first grade curricula so far, without readiness for progression. She is nearly eight.

Jennifer

says:

My son is a mix of first letter guesser and a context clue guesser. Thank you for your program. I have found the methods to be most effective.

Katie

says:

My oldest is a first letter guesser!

Kendra

says:

My son is a context guesser. He learned to read using sight words in public school and hated to actually have to sound out a new word. We have been using AAR level 2 this year and he is doing much, much better!

Erica

says:

My daughter is a picture guesser. She usually only starts doing this near the end of a story because she is in a rush to finish. She does a good job sounding out the words (thanks to AAR level1) when she takes her time.

Samantha

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My oldest is a great reader and she guesses on occasion. I’m going to hopefully be using AAS with her this coming fall. My second is a struggling reader. He just turned seven and guesses all the time front and back of word. Planning on AAS with him to but struggling with the decision of buying AAR with him since I have BJU I used with my dd for 1st grade.

Sharon Brendle

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My son is a first letter guesser and a picture clue guesser. Sometimes he will look at the picture and try to figure out a word he doesn’t know and sometimes he will simply look at the first letter and try to guess a word that starts with that letter.

Heather

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My first grader is a word shape guesser.

Katherine

says:

My soon to be 1st grader is a first letter AND picture guesser! I have been frustrated by this habit of his and wondering how to fix it, and then voila! I came across your post on Facebook. Thank you for this valuable insight and the tools (that hopefully I can win!) to help him read with success.

Tina Blevins

says:

D’Andre is a “picture clue” guesser. He don’t always do it, but sometimes he does. We are finishing up All About Reading level 1. We love this program

Kelly

says:

My son is a word shape guesser. He will look at the letters, see “n-a-p”, gaze about the room and then blurt out “map?”

LOL

Venus

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Thankfully, I don’t have a word guesser. We use AAR and he has the blending procedure down!

Andrea

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My word guesser simply is lazy and does not want to take time to sound out each phonogram. He does not understand this usually takes him longer to finish a lesson.

Amanda

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Hi, I have one daughter who is a context clue guesser and my other is a word shape guesser. My only redress for both has been teaching more phonics, but it is a slow process and I need all the help I can get. :)

Lydia Hostetler

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My 9 yr old loves to just look at first letter and say any word. Some times I think she is just trying to get the work done. Because the word she supplies has nothing to do with what we are reading..

Lynn

says:

We are homeschooling 3 with Dyslexia hoping to give your product a try.

Cathy Nerantzis

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All About Spelling was wonderful for my son! I now tutor other kids and would love to try AAR with them. I have one student now who guesses based on the first letter of words instead of sounding out the entire word.

Kim D.

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My son had broken the word guessing habit, but in the past year seems to have picked it back up for longer words.

Trisha

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My daughter is a picture clue guesser.

Tracy

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My daughter is a first letter guesser, to my frustration!

Nicole

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If there are pictures, my daughter is a picture guesser. If no pictures, she is a word shape guesser. Thanks for this offer! We are using AAR Level 1 and would love to win Level 2.

Ash

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My son is also a picture guesser.

Carley

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Mine is a shape guessed for sure!

Olesya

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My kids love this teaching method. I have 5 year old that needs a lot more work to teach him to read.

Amom

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My eight-year-old daughter has used all of those word guessing strategies. Lately, she has been mostly a word shape guesser with longer words, as if it takes her too much time and effort to phonetically sound out the longer strings of letters. I’ve always taught her in a manner somewhat similar to the AAR blending procedure, but with me pointing to the letters on the printed page. I will try AAR’s suggestion of having the child point to the letter tiles herself; I wish I would have heard of AAR years ago.

Jodi

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My daughter is a picture guesser.

Abby

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My daughter is a picture guesser. We are just starting to work on reading.

Stacy

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My son is a picture word guesser. He’s practicing with the blending but gets so frustrated when I correct him and remind him to sound it out.

Melanie Nygaard

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My son is just starting to read, but I’d say that when he guesses, it’s a context guess that doesn’t necessarily start with the same letter.

Jthompson

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My son was a guesser but with aar he has master the art of sound out the words. When he gets stuck I ask him which rule he should follow and that seems to jog his memory. Hope there is a level 3 aar in the future!

Merry

says:

Yes, Level 3 will be out late summer/early fall! The final level, Level 4, will be out in 2014.

Laura

says:

Our second daughter is a word guesser, and I hadn’t really thought a whole lot about how to break her of that until reading this. Thanks! We love AAS.

LHawkins

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AAR would be a great help!

Michelle Couch

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My son is a picture clue guesser.

Melissa

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My daughter is a first letter guesser.

Laura

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My daughter was a Picture Clue guesser. We are currently using AAR and the blending procedure has helped her tremendously! We love AAR and are looking forward to the next level!

Tara

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picture guesser!

Cristina

says:

My 5 yo son is a mix of “first letter” and “picture clue” guesser.
Thanks for the tips!

Diana A.

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My child is a “picture clue” guesser, but He is only trying to hurry through the process. He is really good blending the sounds and reading the word. But sometimes He is “lazy” and start guessing, so I ask him to actually read again.

Nicky

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My son is a picture guesser. He will randomly pull some crazy word out of no where, I have been at such a loss for what to do to correct this. Great ideas!

Shelley S

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My son is a first letter guesser. Even if he knows the word.

Michelle

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Both of my daughters will sound out the first syllable, and then guess at the end. I don’t know what it is called, I call it chunking. Persistently going one syllable at a time when they are having trouble seems to help. Thanks for this and also for referring back to the article about automatic spellers. We struggle with this too.

Sara

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My daughter will (even if she knows the word) glance up at the picture and take a guess. Or she’ll take the first letter and choose a word of similar length and then slyly looks at me to see if she can get away with it…

Christina

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My son is a first letter guesser and he also uses context clues. He has to be reminded to stop, go back and “read the word on the page.” He was taught to read in private school, we are currently using AAS (finishing up level 4) and he is getting better at saying all of the sounds in a word!

Cheryl L

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My son is a “first letter” guesser and a “word shape” guesser. He used to always just guess by the first letter, and still does some times, but now that he knows more words, he more often guesses from their shape.

Marcia G

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My granddaughter is a “Word Shape” Guesser. She is not ready to read. We have a letter game that she likes to play & if she doesn’t know the letter, she will look for picture clues.

kristen

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my daughter has done several of the word guessing methods. when she was first starting reading she was a picture guesser and she later progressed to 1st/last letter guessing. I have to say she just finished level 2 of AAR and she is MUCH better at sounding out the words. If she tries to revert back to guessing a word I remind her to sound out each sound and that has really helped. She is gaining confidence as she learns her sounds. Bring on Level 3….we’re ready for it!

Michelle

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My oldest son is a word picture guesser. Looking forward to using All about reading with my younger son.

Staci Dunn Silva

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This is tough for me to say because we’ve had difficulties with our son (6 years old) when it comes to speech. By the time he was two he had lived in 4 continents and we believe that this is what messed up his development. My hubby and I are missionaries, he is Brazilian and I am Canadian and we live in Brazil. I was thinking of homeschooling and then realized that I wouldn’t have been prepared for what we were dealing with. I may have to start homeschooling though within the next 2 years or so. I have started homeschooling him for reading in English just this past week though, and what I’ve noticed is that he seems to be a first letter guesser.

Nikki

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TJ is mostly a “word shape” guesser, but sometimes will guess a far longer or shorter word than the actual shape implies. At times, she goes more toward just the first letter, as well. I’ve learned to help her focus on each phonogram, even the ones she hasn’t yet learned. Thankfully, she’s sounding out more and more, guessing less and less.

Jan

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My son is a first letter and a picture guesser. He gets easily frustrated when his answer is wrong. I need to help him break his guessing method. It’s a habit he learned from school. Obviously, they don’t use All About Reading! This upcoming school year, I will homeschool him and planned to use All About Reading Level 1.

Jennifer3

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My son either guesses with the first letter or using context clues. Actually, he usually looks at the first and last sounds and makes up the middle vowels.

dc

says:

I have 4 children and they have at one time or another used all of theses guessing techniques.
I have gone to some Orton-Gillingham classes and would love to use this program for my two dyslexic children.

Meredith Morgan

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My oldest is a word shape guesser, but most of the time he will stop and self correct and sound it out instead.

Karen

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I think that my son is a first letter guesser. Not totally sure as he has just started doing this in the last couple weeks. Thanks for the reminder about the Blending Procedure.

Rachel

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My 6 year old daughter is a word shape guesser, and we are working hard in AAR to correct this habit. We have been using AAR1 this year and I simply love it! As an elementary school teacher turned stay-at-home mom and homeschool teacher I am so thankful to have discovered AAR. In college my methods courses weren’t heavy on teaching phonics, so I have had to reteach myself how to teach reading. I have learned a LOT! And, AAR fits the bill for what I was looking for in a reading program now that I have acquired a much better knowledge of what children need in order to learn to read. Thank you AALP!

Sandi W

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My daughter is a first letter guesser and a context guesser. We are using AAS with her, just finished Level 1. Love the program!

Pam

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My daughter guesses at shapes of words, sometimes first letter too. She is a third grader and we went back to the beginning with All About Spelling, finishing level one quickly and now doing level 2. I think if we did All About Reading she might be at a higher level than she is with spelling though. It would be nice to try it and see how the programs complement each other.

Keischa

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My child normally blends but resorts to being a context clue / first-letter guesser when she’s excited or too comfortable with the story.

Gloria Phillips

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My son is somewhere between first letter and picture clue guesser. Reading is one thing we are going to be working on this summer!

Kathryn

says:

My first-grade daughter is definitely a context clue guesser. She is very good at it, so this has gotten her a long way, but she is beginning to run into problems with more difficult texts.

Shelly

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My son is a first letter guesser. I love the idea of the hands on element as he sounds the words out.

Jessica Charleston

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My daughter is a picture clue guesser. She was also taught in school that if she does not know a word, skip it rather than sound it out. This is a reason we are Homeschooling next year.

Kathy

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Generally my son sounds out words but becomes a guesser when words are 3 or more syllables.

Michelle

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My daughter is a picture guesser. I tend to cover the pictures which slows her down to concentrate on the words.

Wendy

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I’d say we have a combination of first letter and picture guessers around here!

Linda Churchill

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My son is definitely a first letter guesser.

Karen Origer-Greco

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My son is sometimes a first letter guesser and a picture guesser. But if he doesn’t know a word he usually acts and then I talk him through sounding it out.

Teresa

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My son is a first letter guesser. He will guess the word and then most of the time look at me. So I believe he knows he didn’t say the correct word, but he doesn’t like to sound them out even though he knows phonics.

kelley

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I teach kindergarten and few of the children who are having difficulty are sounding out every letter if they don’t know the word. They have difficulty with some sight words.

Eileen

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I think my 7yo is showing signs of visual processing difficulties. He was a whiz at sight-word reading, and I figured, when he was 5 and struggling with a phonics approach, why hold him back, right? I don’t regret his pride at sight reading at all.

He is now able to sound out, letter by letter, but he often says the wrong sound, even though I know he knows the correct ones, and can blend well. His vision itself is fine, but I am concerned he may be struggling with using both eyes together to focus on salient features of the word, making scanning the relatively tiny letters of each word more difficult. I share this, because lack of phonics knowledge and/or practice in blending is not always the problem. Sometimes there may be a neurological or muscular/ocular issue involved.

In any event, the magnet letters, color coded, large and movable on the white board, really help! But if visual processing issues are the root cause, that may not transfer readily to print.

Rachel Hochstetler

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My child is a word shape guesser.

Sandra McCray

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As a preschool teacher I often see students using guessing techniques, usually either first letter guesses or picture clue guesses. When children ask questions about words in stories I often point them in the direction of using context clues. Educated guessing may help establish confidence in early readers.

Mary

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It is wonderful how God works. I was just reading with my son this morning and realizing that he is guessing instead of decoding. He knows the sound independently , but is not blending. Then as I am checking my email, I see the headline for this page. I would love to win a set.

Candy

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My youngest son 6, has mild autism and wants to read as well as big brother. These tips are going to be well used, thanks!

Samantha

says:

I have a picture and word shape guesser. It is a tough habit to break, I will try this technique and see how it goes.

Ai

says:

this is all too common with my son as he struggles to make out words to pronounced……this may be the break through.

Angela

says:

My daughter is a first letter guesser. She does a pretty good job most of the time but she does prefer to guess when she comes to a bigger word she doesn’t know.

Cheri

says:

This was just what I needed. My son is a word guesser. I can’t wait to try your technique.

Becca

says:

My son is a first letter guesser and occasionally a picture guesser. But since he has started level 1 in AAR, he does this less and less often.

Bonnie Smith

says:

My grandson is a 1st letter guesser, he will sound things out if you insist. This looks like it could help, Thanks!

Rachel

says:

My 5 yr old is finally showing signs of reading readiness, so not much guessing yet aside from perhaps picture guessing. This post helped me to know what to look for as he progresses!

Sandra

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My youngest son is a picture + 1st letter guesser. I think he’ll stop once his fluency improves but at the moment, guessing is the fastest way for him to get the story.

Taryn

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My daughter is a first letter guesser.

Lisa Renner

says:

My son is a first-letter guesser as well as a context guesser. Now that he is getting more comfortable and familiar with the phonogram sounds, he is starting to see that it is actually quicker to sound out the word than make 10 wrong guesses!

Jennifer

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My son guesses at harder words thinking it is easier than sounding out the phonograms and is a context guesser as well.

Katie

says:

My son does this, too! Helpful article!

Kelsey

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My son is a first letter guesser. He does pretty well with trying to sound things out for the most part though.

Betty

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I teach 2nd grade and would like to see how this method would work with my children having difficulties with reading problems. It looks similar to part of the Reading Recovery program I taught a few years ago, which was wonderful, but it was a daily, one-on-one program which is impossible in a classroom with 18 students. Sadly, our school board did not feel the Reading Recovery program was worth the cost, so many children who need the program are losing out. This program could be the boost they need.

Merry

says:

Hi Betty,

That is sad, I hate to see children struggle with reading and not getting the help they need. With a class of 18, it would be hard to do daily individual lessons!

We do have a lot of teachers who use AAR. You can divide your class into reading groups and teach a group at a time. Then have each one take turns reading aloud so you can hear how they are doing. The review cards can be done as a group as well. You can send home the Fluency Practice sheets to have the parents listen to their children read for those that need even more practice. The blending procedure is easy to follow for parents too, so that they can encourage blending instead of guessing. Let me know if you have any questions, I’d be glad to help. Merry :-)

chelsea cox

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My son is a context guesser. My daughter is a first letter guesser.

Kelly H

says:

My 5 year old is a first letter and picture guesser. We hope to use AAR level 1 very soon!

Christine Soukup

says:

Thanks for the great post. Our tiles have another great use!

Jenny K.

says:

My daughter was a first letter guesser. Now she is starting to do better since we have used AAR level 1 & AAS levels 1 & about to finish level 2.

Jean

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My daughter is a first letter guesser!

Julie W

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I would have to say that my son is a blend of a first letter and picture guesser. He doesn’t have much patience with words that he doesn’t know.

Terri

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My daughter is a picture guesser!

Kristie S

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My daughter is a first letter guesser and my oldest son is a picture guesser.

Dawn

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Sure enough my 10 year old learned to read in school with a focus on sight words, and he is a shape guesser. Fortunately he’s a very good reader so this isn’t a huge problem. He also reads at light speed, so I think that sometimes he just doesn’t want to take the time to sound it out.

I don’t think my 7 year old ever guesses and guess what? He’s been with AAR since pre-1, very much ready to move onto level 3 when it becomes available.

Amanda

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My 5 year old is a first letter guesser.

Andrea

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My 5 year old is a huge “picture guesser”! We’re starting AAR 1 in the fall!

Dawne

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My struggling reader is a first letter guesser. She does a great job during lessons, but as soon as she moves on she goes right back to guessing.

Chloe

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My daughter and I are just beginning this journey of ‘formal’ reading togethet (i.e letter blending etc we have read pictures for years) At 4 and a half she is so keen to learn and desperate to understand what these funny letter combinations mean. This is a great read for me to help her not develop bad hahits. Thanks for the post!

Bree Gutierrez

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My son sometimes guesses when he’s anxious to finish. But when redirected he will do fine. If only he wouldnt guess in the first place :)

Rachel

says:

My 5-year old is a context guesser!

Rae-Lynn Rosefield

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My son is a picture guesser. The reading series his school used to teach reading encouraged it. Now he guesses for everything and only sounds out words when prompted. It drives me crazy!

Cindy

says:

All my kids are total picture word guessers!

I have one twin boy who will guess from pictures and one twin boy who just guesses period. They are repeating Kindergarten because they have not gotten the reading skill as of yet according to the teacher. We are in a public charter school at home and I just do not know how to get through to them.
I would love to win this so that I can help them this time around.

Kirsten

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My son is combination of a first letter guesser and a picture guesser. He looks at the pictures to get general context and then guesses a word that’s related that starts with the first letter he reads

Brandy

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My sons still guess at times, but for the most part blend the words quite nicely. I can’t wait to purchase level 3 of AAR when it comes out.

Terri

says:

My grandson is in 3rd grade and struggles. He dosen’t even want to read the simplest of things. we have tried everything to get him interested in reading. Hired tutor, he goes to reading help in school. He looks at the first letter and the picture and guesses at what the word may be.

Carrie

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My daughter is definitely a picture guesser! She always is looking at the pictures for help.

Nedra

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My son is a combination of a “first letter” and “picture clue” guesser.

Carolyn

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My oldest son is a first letter guesser while my middle son is a word shape guesser. He’ll take the first few letters and then guess the rest.

Mindy

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My son is a first letter guesser.

Terri F

says:

My son is definitely a word guesser. He uses the first letter or two and then guesses, instead of reading through the word. He’s gotten a lot better, however, especially when I remind him that what he reads needs to make sense!

Em

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My son is a first letter with picture guesser .

Lisa Thomas

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My son was and sometimes still is a picture clue guesser!

Tracy Romine

says:

My son is a first letter guesser with alot of picture guessing thrown in for good measure.

Jenny Martin

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My son actually uses all 4 clues to help him figure out the word–since he is not able to sound them out.

Michelle

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My son is a first-letter guesser, after that he won’t even look at the rest of the letters, he just starts wandering off if he is unable to figure the word out. Frustrating for him and I as well.

Julie B.

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My son is definitely a “context” guesser though we have used All about Spelling so he has a good repertoire of phonograms to use and try out. We’ll keep working on it though!

cris

says:

My daughter is a first letter guesser and it’s very frustrating for her.

Jenny Brunsvold

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My youngest son sometimes will guess a word before he takes the time to slowly sound it out. I would say that he is a “first letter” guesser – but not all the time. Something we continue to work on. :)

Katie H

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my daughter doesn’t read yet but she guesses for rhyming words. sometimes it’s a word that has the same beginning sound or it’ll be a word that is similar in meaning for the story line but doesn’t rhyme at all. definitely something we’re working on!

Jessica A.

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My son is ready to read and he is first letter and picture guesser. He wants to learn how to read but gets upset when he doesn’t get it right. I want him to love learning and I do not want him to dislike learning how to read. I have heard wondergul things about your program and I would love to win this giveaway. I do not have the finances for it at this time so winning this would be wonderful!

Michelle Duncan

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I have a picture guesser and a non reader.

Daily Woman(Lacey)

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My boys are both really good at sounding out most of the time but if that doesnt work I would say they are picture guessers.

Lesa

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I had 1 child who was a picture guesser, turns out he is dyslexic. AAS wasn’t around when he was young, but my 4th child is also dyslexic and AAS has been a great help.

Carolyn

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My son is a context guesser. He, similarly to Susan’s son, will use an alternate word that means something very similar to the word based on the context. My youngest son often has trouble with the vowel, so I’m going to have him “touch the vowel” and then blend the phonograms again. Thanks for the suggestions!

Debbie

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We managed to skip the guessing with all of the kids by using the same techniques that AAR uses! It really works

Susan Byerly

says:

My oldest son, who is seven, really does a great job of sounding words out. There are times I can tell that he is a context /word shape guesser. He’ll used a word very similar to the word based on the first letter but it is still contextually accurate.

Charlene

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I have three types of word guessers in my house. Word shape, picture clue and context clue. We’re getting better but the problem still remains. Thanks for the raffle opportunity!

Erin

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My daughter is a picture guesser. She can be lazy and doesn’t want to bother with actually reading the words.

Jules Rose

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We love AAS and would love to give AAR a try too! Thanks for a great and well thought-out product! Thank you!

Janelle Brechbill

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I have used both the 1st and 2nd level to put my daughter through 1st grade and I think it has helped her a lot in avoiding the guessing game. Although I have seen her use all 4 already and sometimes guessing words on the green word cards because of remembering them, but it hasn’t been a problem for us. I love this curriculum!

steff

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I had two who used to guess on the first letter of the word – but we seem to have grown out of it – 10 & 8yr old. We’ll see how the next one does!

Michelle

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We haven’t officially started reading with my 4 year-old, but he is showing signs of being ready. Just today he saw “co…” on the beginning of a word and asked if it said “Costco.”

Belle

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I have a word guesser, even though she is in fourth grade.

Edina

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I do have a Word guesser. Eventhough we have only used phonetic. It is highly frustrating to me to watch her struggle through her work. I am planning on using your materials this summer to get her caught up in both spelling and reading.

Jennifer Bailey

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Do not ha e a reader yet…we will start this year.

Stephanie

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My daughter does almost all of these! If she doesn’t know the word she will use just about every method of guessing rather than sounding out the word. It is completely frustrating for both of us!

Kaisee fielder

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My son is a picture guesser.

Jarica

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My son is a context clue guesser and a picture guesser!

Tammy Hill

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My daughter is a first letter guesser. We have never used All About Reading because of financial reasons. But would love to give it a try.

Kelly Bennett

says:

My daughter is a picture guesser for sure!

Megan

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Picture clue guesser

Ginny B

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My little one is a word shape guesser, but she also is one not mentioned, a word rhyme guesser. She will sound out the word and then for some reason change the first letter. i.e. she sounds out h-a-d correctly and then says mad when blending it together. go figure!

Stacia

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Thanks for the helpful tips. All About Reading has been a huge hit in our house. Now about halfway through with Level 1 with my 5 year old.

Melissa W.

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My daughter was very determined to read. She started out as a “picture clue” guesser and then moved to a “context clue” guesser. She is now reading fluently. My son is now learning to read and is a “first letter” guesser. I would love to try AAR.

Holly

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My son was a word shape guesser and then a picture guesser. He always looked unsure and uncomfortable when reading. Since using AAR he now has the tools he needs and no longer guesses. He is smiling and decoding words with confidence telling others reading is his favorite subject!

Ruthie

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My son is a first-letter guesser! Thanks for the give-away!

Shelly

says:

My daughters are both picture clue guessers! This is a really great post and I’m thankful for some tips on helping them break this cycle:)
Thank you!!

My 7yo doesn’t guess TOO often, but when he does I would say that it’s a combination of pictures and word shape. I would love to win this for my 4yo. Thanks!

Raschel

says:

My son is definitely a picture guesser!

Rebekah

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Even though he has learned phonics, my older son still guesses at words, which has led to a struggle in spelling. My 6 yo son is just starting out, but already developing a ‘guessing’ habit with the program we’re using now. I’m considering switching to AAR for him this year, as well as starting my 3rd grade son in AAS to give him a better foundation.

Cindy N.

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I would say I have one who does the pictures and one who does a combo of pictures/first letter.

Diane Ryks

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I am using AAS with 4 students. Some of the students use all the guessing types. The older children have moved beyond the guessing and are sounding out most unknown words.

Tanya

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My son is a word shape guesser. We just finished Level 1 and I am already starting to see improvement. Thank you for such an awesome product!

Lisa

says:

Yep, mine’s a word shape guesser too. Though he usually tries to sound it out a couple of times before giving up and choosing a word based on the word shape pattern. It is tough not to do when the word doesn’t follow the rules or the rule hasn’t been learned yet. After failing with other programs we are so glad to have found AAS. It is a breeze for me and my son!

Karen

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I have 2 children. One is a first letter guesser and the other is a context clue guesser. I’m constantly reminding them to slow down and sound out the words. I do enjoy watching the blessing of learning to read; it is so exciting and wonderful to see their faces as they discover that they can read!

Caterina

says:

My son is a picture guesser. Great post!
Thanks so much,
Caterina

Kari

says:

My son doesn’t really guess so much as memorizing the books we’ve read before and just fills in the blanks by memory rather than actually reading.

Susan

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I have a daughter who guesses by the first letter when she encounters a word that is beyond her current sounding-out knowledge.

April Smith

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My daughter is struggling with reading. She guesses at words sometimes by looking at the letters and sometimes by looking at the pictures.

Shondra Neumayer

says:

The colored tiles are so helpful! He doesn’t guess when we use these!

Julie

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My son occasionally is a first letter/context guesser, but only when he hasn’t taken enough time to actually look at the word!

Angie

says:

My youngest son is still working through AAR PreReading. But, from what I can remember, his older brothers were shape guessers. I wish that AAR had been available then…it would have made reading so much easier!

MARCIA

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THIS IS JUST WHAT I NEEDED. I AM A VOLUNTEER TUTOR WORKING WITH A GIRL WHO GUESSES FROM THE PICTURE AND BEGINING AND END SOUND. WE WILL GET THE SOUND TILES OUT NOW

tHANK YOU

Twila

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My daughter is a shape guesser. It’s a hard thing to stop.

Teena

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My daughter is a first letter guesser. She yells it out too!

LaDonna

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My middle child didn’t guess, she just stopped reading. She had a lot of speech delays, but the AAS program worked wonders with her spelling. I will start the pre-reading level of AAR with my youngest this summer.

Laura

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We have spent so much $ on different programs. We have used many of them, as each would
work extra on an area he was at. But I would say this would be even wonderful to have. We have an 8 yr almost 9 yr old struggling reader.

Paula

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My daughter is a shape guesser. I am hoping that using this program for her, and my son(who has comprehension problems) will be able to overcome their learning struggles to open new and exciting doors for them. :)

Lesley

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My son is a context clue as well as a picture and first letter guesser. While encouraging him to reread paying attention to the sounds, I recognize that he is using strategies that fluent readers use to make their reading faster. We all use more than just phonics to read, or we would read VERY slowly!

Melissa Bell

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She’s a first letter guesser!

My daughter is 3 years old and is in the middle of the Pre-Reading program so we’re not quite at the “word guessing” habit yet. She tries to sound out words and she “reads” us books based on her memory of the story but she’s not quite there yet. :)

Jennifer

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My son is a first letter guesser.

Joy

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my daughter is a picture guesser. love the tip!

Amy

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My DD is a first letter/shape/last letter guesser – sort of a combination guesser :)

Greta

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I think all kids are word guessers of some sort! I find it really becomes problematic when it’s the ONLY tool or strategy they employ!

Sharon Reeves

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My 2nd grader is a first couple of letters and context clue guesser. Many times he guesses right, but there are other times that he’s way off. If there are pictures to help him guess he’ll use those too, though this hasn’t been as helpful now that he’s reading some short chapter books with less pictures. We would LOVE to use All About Reading for my son.

Stacy Thompson

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I needed this article! My daughter is in AAR2 now and I get so frustrated with her because I know she knows the rules and can read when she wants to, like anytime we are reading her chosen library books or using our tiles and especially when I have her read the words on the cards, but when we pick up our reader with the program the guessing begins. She first letter guesses all the time and I just think it is because she doesn’t want to read it. I have wondered if I should just have her read books that she wants to read and skip the readers because she does not guess when she reads the books she wants to.

Lisa C

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My oldest daughter is a first letter and picture guesser. However, my younger daughter has not yet learned to guess words, and hopefully won’t. She is just finishing Kindergarten.

Brooke Zimmermann

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My daughter is a picture guesser! I think I would need AAR 1. Thanks for the opportunity :)

Karen Carlsen

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First letter guesser here. We’ve had about 4 or 5 months of kindergarten phonics. He knows every letter sound without fail and will still guess a cvc word. If it says ‘pam’ ..he will say ‘pit’. (not every time but too often) I’ll say LOOK at it, what vowel is it, what sound. etc. THEN he says “oh…..pam”….I even ask WHY he does it and he says I just dont know!!

Amy

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My son is a first letter or first couple of letters guesser.

Amanda G

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My daughter is a “first letter” guesser! Guess we have some work to do! :)

Lorraine

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My son was a first letter guesser. We started using All About Spelling which has improved his reading.

Rachel

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My daughter is more the “I don’t know type,” instead of guessing, but occasionally she will ‘shape’ guess. Mostly, she’s pretty good at sounding it out.

Debbie Stanton

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My son is 6 yrs old and would definitely be a “Picture Clue” Guesser… he has been taught in K to guess. I just purchased AAR 1 (delivered yesterday from Rainbow Resources!!) and would love to win AAR 2. Thank you so much for the opportunity.

Kim

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My son is a combination picture and first letter guesser.

Mariah McGavran

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My children have been influenced by public school and have become guessers. My 6 year old just looks at the first letter and then just starts saying words that start with that letter. I have started using All About Reading with her and we are slowly breaking this awful habit.

Julie Baniewicz

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My daughter tries to sound out the words in her head and then blurt out the sentence…i’m not sure what this would be considered but it involves guessing at some words

Terry Ann Whitby

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After working with ESL Preschoolers, this programs has so many benefits that are essential to help our students of all levels succeed in learning to read in their first language and second language.
This program would make an exceptional addition to my teaching curriculum.

Sabrina Caines

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My daughter is a combination between first letter guesser and shape guesser.

Rebecca

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I have a first letter guesser, had never thought that this was an actual “strategy” that she learned somehow. Now we are trying to correct it and have her actually try sounding out the word. The other one looks for pictures or if she doesn’t know a word she just skips it. Which if I’m not paying close enough attention she can get away with, sometimes. :/

Shelby

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The AAR method has helped our dyslexic child make HUGE strides in her reading!! The blending method you teach has helped her overcome some of her greatest obstacles, including word guessing!

Jessica

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Ugh! This drives me nuts! My son is a context guesser- even if he actually KNOWS the word! He just read enough to get the gist of the sentence and then he guess the rest! And when I call him out on it and tell him that it’s not right, he looks at the picture and tries again, but this time using the picture as a clue to finish the sentence! This blog post is very appropriately timed for me- thank you!

Jeneille

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My pre-k son is a first letter guesser. I just figured that out yesterday when he tried to read a t-shirt!

Amy

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What great timing with this post! I was just noticing last night that my son guessed at words based upon their shapes. He also pauses and looks at the picture for a few moments after he turns the page before he starts reading. I’m assuming he’s trying to get an idea of what the words might be should he get stumped.

Aimee S.

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My son is a picture guesser, sometimes a first letter guesser

Kristi

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My daughter is a first letter guesser and a context clue guesser. ;)

My youngest daughter is just getting ready to learn to read. She is a picture guesser.

Karin

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Mostly my child does fairly well, but occasionally he does word guess. When he does guess, he seems to be more of a picture clue guesser. When there are no pictures, he is forced to actually sound it out and doesn’t guess so much. However, as I said, he doesn’t guess too terribly much…especially now that he is progressing so well in his reading thanks to AAR.

Kristi Winings

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My son used to be a picture guesser until we got into a heated argument over what a word actually said. I then switched to a program that had NO PICTURES.

He now seems to be a shape guesser. Mostly on small words. On, of, off etc. are often the same word and he rattles them all off until he gets to the right one.

Sheryl

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My son is a picture clue guesser and if there are no pictures, then I would have to say that he is a first letter guesser.

April Owenby

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My daughter tends to be a first letter guesser. It just came naturally to her to do that. She was never taught to do that:(

Tanya

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Thanks to All About Spelling my daughter doesn’t guess very often anymore. If she gets lazy she probably is a word shape guesser.

Stephanie Cordova

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My child is a first letter guesser and a context guesser.

Marilyn

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My 9-year old is a word shape guesser and a context guesser. It perplexes me how she can struggle over the simplest words when we work together, yet read more complex passages on her own.

Rochelle

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My daughter is a first letter guesser.

Tanya

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My son is a “Picture Clue” Guesser. We are still working on sounding out words.

Both of mine are pretty good at sounding out words unless it is a common word that they think they know.

Rebecca Scott

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My son is a first letter guesser.

Amanda

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I would say my daughter is a context guesser. For the most part, she will sound things out phonetically, but every now and then I’ll catch her guessing. :)

Jenny

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This was very helpful to read about the different guesses they make when reading. My son definitely “guesses” at words, but I think he must be a first letter guesser. Thanks for the great article!

My 7 year old daughter is a “Word Shape” Guesser. Brilliant article and helps me to help her now.

Amy

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My oldest child is a first letter guesser, and a context clue guesser.

Brandi

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My daughter was a first letter and picture guesser. We have now finished both level 1&2 and I am amazed at the improvement in her reading.

Stefani

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Oooh, my boy is a context guesser. He’s learned the blending from AAR1, but sometimes in sentences, he skips over the “little words”–for example saying in when it’s really on–because he *thinks* he knows what the sentence is going to say next.

Charlene

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We LOVE All About Spelling and can’t wait to start All About Reading!

Holly Sweet

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My daughter is a picture clue guesser. She is just starting to read, so we read a lot of picture books.

Mandy

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We are just starting out on our reading journey so I am not sure what kind of guesser she is yet

Lucynda

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My child is a picture clue guesser

Alissa L

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My little guy who is learning to read is a context clue guesser

So far, I have 1 picture word guesser, and 1 context clue guesser!

Tammi Olds

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my yo itungest daughter is a picture and a 1st letter guesser she started kindergarten this year in a public school but she is now homeschooled guess she picked up this little habit because of the teacher time to undo

Julie W

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My son is a first letter guesser. Thankfully, he asks for help on words that stump him so I can help him sound some of them out.

Candace

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My son will sound out the first part of a word he doen’t know then relates it to one he does know so then the word becomes one he is familiar with. Loved Level 1!

Jane

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My daughter is a first letter guesser! But we are starting All About Spelling and would love to start All About Reading as well!

Dianna B

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First letter guessers!

JenRay

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My 6-year-old “sounds it out” – we haven’t tried the AAR blending strategy, but she does pretty well. We did get “tit an IK” but I can totally see where she got that, and that is usually the case with her misreads – they are mispronunciations. She has nearly completed AAS level 2, but we haven’t used AAR. My 3-year-old has most of the letter sounds and is playing with rhyming words and initial phonograms in words, but hasn’t started blending at all yet. I would love to begin AAR with him!

Jennifer

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My daughter is a First letter guesser when looking at words without pictures. If there are pictures then she is a picture clue guesser.

Audra

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My child is a first letter guesser

suzanne

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My youngest hasn’t started reading yet….hopefully she won’t be any of those :-)

Lacey E.

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Thankfully, we’ve used AAR from the beginning, and so we have mostly avoided this problem. But, every now and then he does become a picture guesser (mostly when he doesn’t want to take the time to sound out the word). All I usually have to do is remind him to sound it out the AAR way and he’s fine. Thanks for your amazing program!

Melissa

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Our son is a first letter guesser. We are about 2/3 of the way through Level 1.

Thanks for All About Learning Press :)

Dianne

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My daughter is 3, so she has not developed the guessing habit yet. Hopefully, she won’t.

Amber H

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My 7 year old is an ‘all of the above’ guesser. Sometimes it blows me away at how little she seems to try. I now know it is not a trying or not trying issue. It also breaks my heart because I know she is a very bright and happy child and I hate for her to get things wrong. She takes it personally.

Merry

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Hi Amber,

It IS hard to watch when our children seem to struggle and take it so personally. Kids who are bright seem to struggle with this especially, because they think they should just know the correct answer. Continue to encourage her. I think it’s so good that you recognize now that she really is working hard–in fact, she’s probably working harder than a child who doesn’t struggle with learning to read. It’s that disparity between how hard she’s trying, her intelligence, and the results she is getting that frustrate her so much. Make sure to encourage her when you see her persevere with a word–that perseverance that she learns now will be helpful to her in so many areas of life. And, by showing her the tools that will help her most, you can gradually help to guide her in using them more, so that she will experience more success. Hang in there! I know it takes a lot of patience and perseverance on mom’s part too. She’ll get there. Merry :-)

Allison

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My daughter is mainly a context clue guesser when reading a story. On the fluency pages, I’d say she is a word shape guesser.

Bonita

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My youngest is a first letter guesser, but will also use pictures if there are any.

Becky

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My daughter is a picture guesser unless I remind her to keep her eyes on the letters first.

kim E

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My daughter is a picture word guesser.

Holly H

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My oldest used to be both a first letter and word shape guesser, it tool a couple of years to break those habits and teach him properly.

My youngest is starting out with AAR Pre-reading, so I suspect we will not be having the same issues!

Amanda

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My children are first letter guessers and picture word guessers.

Alyssa

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Our oldest 2 did not start out as word guessers(they are 8 and almost 6). They mainly guess when they are trying to read fast. I have to constantly tell them to slow down and look at the word and the sounds inside the word.

April

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My daughter is mostly a first letter guesser. Sometimes she uses the pictures or context clues, however.

Becca

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Before I used All About Reading, I was using a simular reading program with my oldest that sounds out words like your program. So from day one we have been doing things this way and none of my children “guess”

Sarah Larson

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I have a couple if girls that are all of them. I will try this approach and see if I can get them not guess.

Char H.

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My 6 yr old was a Picture Clue Guesser but AAR has corrected that. Now she seems to be a First Letter Guesser or sometimes a Context Clue Guesser. We will keep practicing the Phonogram Reading Blending Procedure and I am certain this will be corrected as well.