Help me give my students books and journals to work on sight words, a critical element in becoming readers. These Sight Word Readers will help teach my students the top 100 most common words authentically.
My Kindergarten students have just come to school for the first time! They are learning how to have patience, sit appropriately, work together, and control their bodies as well as academics. They are excited by music, movement, art, pretend play, and new experiences. Kindergarten is a year filled with firsts, especially for the majority of my students who did not go to preschool. Many of my students come from bilingual or non-English speaking homes. The students in my class also come from low-income families as well. Although they will face different challenges this year, they are so excited to grow into leaders and lifetime learners.
My students are just beginning their journey through education and want to have the same memorable kindergarten experience that I and many of you had some years ago.
Kindergarten is a place where all are accepted, dreams are created and memories are made for a lifetime. My students love coming to school because it is an escape for them and allows them to be whoever they want to be. Please help me as I try to keep their passion for learning alive and help them to reach their full potential!
Sight words are the most common words we use in the English language. We focus on learning 100 of them during our year in Kindergarten. However, only a few minutes are devoted specifically to sight word instruction each day during our packed schedule. Students are expected to learn them through exposure during reading and writing time. This is difficult considering we are lacking books at a low enough level that allow my students to focus on these sight words.
These books have a predictable sentence structure and helpful illustrations that allow my beginning readers to focus on the sight words and get the repetition and exposure they need to remember them.
Most sight word early readers do not include the helpful pictures in the sentences, which means students also have to focus on sounding out or decoding additional words, taking their focus away from the sight words. My students would be able to read these books independently or with little support from others. That will allow them to feel confident in their abilities and encourage them to keep reading and learning. The additional journals would be used as a quick daily practice to reinforce what they are picking up in their learning and making sure they can not only recognize the words but write them as well.
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