Each month we focus on one "good reader strategy" until we master it. We can spend a week reviewing them until they are become second nature when a reader comes to a word they don't know. It is important to review the “good reader” strategies we know and make sure they are mastered for immediate retrieval before moving on to study the next one. Here is an example of reminding students to get their mouths ready to say the first sound of the word– cover up the rest of the letters so they really have no other sounds to make! We are going to be experts in this strategy in no time!