Today I would like to introduce Lauren from Teacher Types as a guest blogger giving us some helpful hints for learning sight words! Lauren is a mother of two, Early Years teacher, proud Adeladian and blogger at www.teachertypes.com. Parents and teachers of young children can be inspired with her play based activity ideas and parenting stories. A big thanks to Lauren for this great article to help your children with learning sight words!
Many parents are looking for new and interesting ways to help their children learn sight words at home, so today I've compiled a list for Cindy and her readers (I hear Cindy's son is getting close to the learning to read stage!).
Firstly, I just want to explain a bit about how the whole 'learning to read' process happens. Basically there are three skills a child needs;
The English language is a tricky one for little people to master - words like 'they', 'said', 'put' and 'was' are not easy to sound out by using your alphabet knowledge. Hence, sight words (or ‘tricky words’ as we call them when using the Jolly Phonics program) are a vital part of the learning to read jigsaw puzzle.
Each school may have a different system for teaching/learning sight words, however generally speaking your child will probably be given a list of words weekly or fortnightly to learn, and once they master this list, they move up to a new one.
In the image above you can see a few examples of 'word building' - which is the skill of putting letters together to sound out and make words. Children love using hands on materials rather than just looking at words on paper. You can…
In the image above more great ideas to learn sight words!
Learning to read can be challenging for some children, where as for others it comes naturally. But it’s so magical when you see the light bulb go on and they just ‘get it’. The key is to make it a fun experience rather than like ‘pulling teeth’. If you child is excited about reading – you’re half way there!
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Hi, I'm Cindy and I am an Occupational Therapist. I enjoy working creatively with children to see them reach their potential. Read more about me here.
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