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Do you ever wonder if it is good to let beginning readers figure out words by the pictures in the book? The answer is yes and no. When first starting out kids, often rely on this technique and don’t really get full comprehension because they pay more attention to the pictures than the text. If this is so for your child, focus on words by removing the picture and force them to use decoding and context clues from the words around the unfamiliar word. This article explains why in detail. http://www.homeeddirectory.com/blog/when-less-more