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One Chunk at a Time

One Chunk at a Time

A Handbook for Parents

Helpful Strategies to Improve

Your Child’s Reading Skills

Mary E. Oelschlager

One Chunk at a Time

A Handbook for Parents

Helpful Strategies to Improve

Your Child’s Reading Skills

Mary E. Oelschlager

One Chunk at a Time

A Handbook for Parents

Helpful Strategies to Improve Your Child’s Reading Skills

by Mary E. Oelschlager

published by Smashwords

© Copyright 2012 Mary Oelschlager. All rights reserved.

© Copyright 2002

Dedicated to

the one who inspires me

and to the one who motivates me.

I love you both.

Biography: Mary Oelschlager is a former classroom teacher, reading tutor and mother of eight wonderfully unique children, and one sweet grandson. Currently, she is homeschooling her preschooler, 1st , 3rd, and 5th grade boys. They do not have time to mess around with complicated, high maintenance reading programs. One Chunk at a Time is as simple as it gets… and it works!

From the Author: I wish I could tutor your child. Seeing children gain confidence in reading and develop a true love of learning is so rewarding but, I just do not have the time to teach your child, too. Instead, I put together this short book to show you exactly how I would begin and walk you through the tutoring process. If you child’s current reading strategy is to, “Look at the first sound. Look at the picture. Read the word,” they are essentially trying to memorize and/or guess. They will struggle as the amount of words increase and the amount of pictures decrease unless they are taught the keys to fluent reading. As an example, I once tutored a fourth grade student who was struggling for this very reason. By using these skills she was soon reading above her grade level and within six months she was reading at 8th grade level. In my experience, this type of story is too common. The sooner the cycle is corrected the better. This handbook spells it out. In order to use it successfully, the student needs at least a basic understanding of letter sounds and rhyming words. With that being said, in my opinion, any fluent reader can teach reading. You probably use the simple strategies in this handbook all the time without realizing it. I cannot claim to have invented them. I merely claim to have implemented them successfully many times. As a former classroom teacher, reading tutor and mother of eight, I’ve used these proven strategies and now you can, too! Will this format work for you and your child? Give your child this short test to find out.

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