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52 West Main Street
Washingtonville, NY 10992

Phone: 845.497.4000
Fax: 845.497.4030
DECODING STRATEGIES

Decoding strategies are techniques students are taught to read unknown words. When reading with your child, please encourage him/her to use the following strategies:

  • Look for little words or word parts inside of the larger word.
  • Skip the word, read the rest of the sentence and go back to the unknown word.
  • Use picture clues.
  • Make the sounds of the word and then blend them together.
  • See if the word looks similar to one you know (for example~ pay/play).
  • Cover up prefixes and suffixes and sound out the main part of the word first.
  • Think about what would make sense.
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