A friend's first-grade son came running home the other day to show his mother the story he'd "written" and could "read." The story was one he had told the teacher's aide in his classroom; the aide had written it down for him and had read it with him several times until the child knew it by heart. This technique, termed "language experience" or "chart stories," is an extremely good one for promoting positive attitudes toward reading in children and for providing useful experiences with reading.
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