is a major problem for weak readers.
Each time the person guesses, he adds to his confusion.
By guessing I am referring to the guesses that new readers
make at the small words that they find confusing like how,
now and who.
I do not consider using context clues, words parts or logic
as guessing. The
quick or wild guesses are the ones that keep weak readers from
improving their skills. I
work with adults who are guessing the same words that young
children, just learning to read, are guessing.
The adults have been guessing those words for years.
The weak reader needs to find a way to remember these
little words rather than continuing to guess at them.
Developing mnemonic clues for these words is one way to
enable the person to stop the guessing.