Saturday, January 4, 2014

Learning our sight words

One of the things we have been working on for reading and writing are sight words. Sight words, also known as high frequency words, are very important words for kindergarteners to learn because they are the words that appear most frequently in children's literature. Knowing these words automatically helps kindergarteners (and all readers) fluently read books. If they don't need to stop and deliberate over these words, they can save their effort and brain space for dealing with new and unfamiliar words. Plus, sight words are often words that can't be sounded out phonetically (like "are," "have," and "there"), so memorizing them will help young readers immensely!

We work with sight words every day, but I'm always looking for more creative ways to practice them. Here is one way we will start practicing them. Each kindergartener was assigned a sight word to color and decorate. Then we took pictures of the kids holding them up, and put them into a slideshow. Next week I'll show the slideshow to the kids and have them read the words out loud. It's just a more fun version of flashcards!

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