From "My Second Grade Reading Records", sent home with Younger Daughter.
I've got more than 3 this time. As the parent of a child who was taught these kinds of strategies more than phonics, and as a result tries to guess and fake her way through reading, this one really winds me up.
1.) What's missing? The one strategy that actually works -- look at all the letters and SOUND THEM OUT!
2.) What does "get your mouth ready" even mean? And why should you "get your mouth ready" in preparation for looking at the pictures?
3.) Kids should not be encouraged to "look at the pictures" before they start reading the words. This is how we train kids to be word-guessers instead of readers.
4.) Kids should not be encouraged to first scan the words and find ones they already know. They need to learn to read the words IN ORDER, by reading the word's letters IN ORDER.