Monday, May 23, 2011

Today's Reading Tip: Showing Sight Words Everywhere

Right now I am working a lot with teaching LoLo (age 4) his sight words.  I start by teaching the words through chants, for example: T-H-E spells the, T-H-E spells the, high-ho the dairy-oh T-H-E spells the.
As we sing this chant, we often have an index card in front of us with the word written on it.  I point to the letters as we chant, then we look for the word everywhere.

When I read stories at night, I have LoLo point to all the words the on the page.  Or sometimes I will stop reading and ask him what the word is.  I show him examples in my books, magazines, and mail.  He gets really excited that he can recognize this word so quickly all over the place. I make sure that as we learn new sight words that we always review the previous ones.

Quick Fact: Here in the state of California, kindergarten students should be able to recognize (and at some schools spell) the top 100 sight words!  That is quite a task for a 6 year old.

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