First grade students visited the Pumpkin Patch this past October. It was a warm, breezy day filled with sunshine, laughter, squeals and giggles. For more Pumpkin Patch photos, view the First Grade Snapshots Gallery.
“In classrooms across America the development of sight word recognition continues to be a top priority when instructing emerging and beginning readers.” TeachStix
What Are Sight Words?
Sight Words (high-frequency, core words) are the words that are used most often in reading and writing.
Why Are Sight Words Important?
Sight words are very important for your child to master because “sight words account for up to 75% of the words used in beginning printed children’s materials”, ( Study to Identify High Frequency Word in Printed Materials, by DJ Kear & MA Gladheart).
There are different sight words for every grade level. Each set of words builds upon the other, meaning that once your child learns the Sight Words in Kindergarten, he will be expected to still recognize those words as he learns new words in first grade, and so forth.
Many of the over 200 Sight Words do not follow the basic principles, thus they cannot be “sounded out”. Beginning readers need an effective strategy for decoding unknown words, and knowing sight words is an effective method. (Speech Buddy)
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