How can these lists help frustrated students?
One of the stumbling blocks for problem readers is fear of failing... again... and again. Each word encountered is a hurdle for them.
They search their memories for a handle. Finding none, they guess. Even if they’re right, little confidence develops.
Strangely enough, TRUST’s
lists of nonsense words afford relief. These words cannot be guessed, so a problem reader knows the words must be sounded out. Little by little, a solid foundation is established as the student becomes successful at using the sounds of the letters to figure out a word.