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Literacy Tip of the Week: Week of February 7th

posted Feb 7, 2016, 1:24 PM by Courtney Richardson

Sight Words

Some children find it quite difficult to learn sight words, because they haven't developed strong visual memory and visual scanning skills.  One study showed some children may need 100 experiences with the first few sight words before they develop a system for learning words. The good news is, once children develop a way of remembering words, they learn words at a faster pace. In my book I recommend teaching ONE sight word until it is known. It may take 4-5 days to learn words like come, said, what, etc., because these words do not follow phonetic rules. Do not deviate from the procedures. Do the 4 steps every day. Make sure students are looking at the word when you do "What's missing?" and insist they say the word (not spell it) during the table writing and white board writing. Children could also work with the sight word during independent activities by tracing the word with colored markers (rainbow writing) and making the word with magnetic letters. DON’T RUSH THE PROCESS.