Hi! This year we have been working hard on meeting some challenges that I have started with your students. If they meet their sight word goal by December, then we will have a donut and chocolate milk party during readying group time. Sight words are so important for your students to learn. Especially for struggling readers. Knowing sight words not only will boost their reading confidence but vastly improve their reading fluency and comprehension.
I just wanted to share a short post from a fellow teachers blog that I follow.
"Did you know…*12 Sight Words make up 25% of those we read and write
*100 Sight Words make up 50% of those we read and write
*About 300 Sight Words account for 75% of those we read and write
What are Sight Words?
Sight words are words that are most commonly found in text that students should be able to read without sounding out or segmenting and blending. These words should be practiced frequently so that a child can automatically recall what the word is when reading and how to spell it out when writing.
Much like teaching phonics, sight words should be taught in a sequential and systematic way. However, sight words may not follow a specific phonetic pattern of teaching. For example, the word “the” is one of the first sight words to introduce to a child who is just beginning learning how to read, as it is one of the most common words that appears in text. (It appeared 3 times in the last sentence, and one time in this sentence.) However, the word “the” includes a digraph (th), two consonants that come together to produce a different sound when combined, and a schwa at the end. Digraphs and schwas are not introduced until much later in reading, once a child is more familiar with the more basic phonics concepts. However, in order for a child to read more fluently and confidently, the word “the” MUST be introduced early on. Therefore, these words need to be taught in conjunction with phonics skills in order to build confidence and fluency in reading." -Annie Moffatt
There are so many free resources out there for sight word practice. I also love the program Picture Me Reading (which I talk about over on the strategy page) as it combines both sides of the brain to learn the words. I use the Dolch Sight Word sequence for our classroom practice and we play a lot of games with them to take off some of the reading stress. Please let me know if you want any suggestions for practice or need any copies of the words!
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