Monday, August 29, 2016

Engaging Sight Words with New Readers

We are only in week 3 of our 2016-2017 school year. My class this year is SO different from last years but I am loving each and every single one of them! They are so sweet and excited about everything this year.

Today when we were practicing sight words. I showed them how important they are to readers. We have learned (been taught) 9 sight words so far. So up on the board I wrote:

I see the yellow cat.

Then we highlighted the sight words (like above) and read the words we knew. We sounded out the last word. Then I pointed out to them that they had just read... not just a word (like in our phonics program) but an ENTIRE sentence. It was adorable their little looks of shock!


So, when I introduced a new way to practice our sight words, they were ALL over it! Here's what I came up with:

Trace, Write, and Build the sight words. They love it and did a fantastic job!

They love tracing the words and getting to put them together like puzzles. I love that their handwriting and fine motor skills are improving.

When I put this out today... it was silent in my room. Yes- 19 Kinders working to the point I could have (literally) heard a pin drop. It was fantastic and amazing!

If you are interested in grabbing it or getting a closer look, check it out!

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  1. I love how you engaged your students, and built their confidence, having them read the words they knew, to tackle a new skill, reading a sentence! I'm wondering how you taught your students those high frequency words (I, see, yellow)? Did you use phonics?

    1. We do use a phonics program but it doesn't teach the sight words till later on. I start the first week of school and introduce 3-4 words a week. We watch sight word videos, spell them, clap them, work with them, and even have them as our table names in class. Thank you for asking!