Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Sight Word Teaching Tip

I get a lot of questions and emails about teaching sight words.  I am a strong believer in teaching both sight words AND phonics.  In fact, both of these components make up my Ready2Read program.  When I first started teaching Audrey to read, we read a lot of easy readers.  She would sit on my lap and read to me.  When she came across a word that was a sight word, I would do 1 of 2 things:

1) If the sight word is decodable, I would let her try to phonetically decode the word and then remind her that it is a sight word.  For example, the word can is phonetically decodable, but it is also a sight word since it appears so often in what we read.

2) If she came across a word that was a sight word, but tried to sound out a word that was not phonetically decodable (at least with early phonics rules) , I used my finger to circle the word.
This nonverbal cue would remind her that the word is a sight word and she should read it by sight.  For example, the word the cannot be decoded with early phonics skills.  I like using this nonverbal cue because it doesn't distract from the reading, but gently reminds her that the word is a sight word.  Of course, I would only circle sight words that she already knew, but would sometimes try to decode.  Just a little sight word teaching tip:)

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Mrs. S. said...

How cute! I am going to try to teach that trick to my emerging readers. Thank you for sharing.

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Julia said...

Thank you for this! I am in the process of doing this with my Pre-K'ers. :)

Tamara L. Chilver said...

Great tip Annie!

maliq said...

thank u!!!

Becky said...

Annie, I love this idea because it doesn't slow down the reading process to distract from comprehension. :) Thanks for the tip!

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