“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)

READ MORE FOR BENEFITS, EXAMPLES, AND SIGHT WORD LISTS

 

Mrs. Platzer's Art students took Pablo Picasso's cubism to the next level, painting vibrant and unique cubes of "Picasso Faces" using discarded computer boxes. Working together on the cubes, students drew upon the inspiration of Picasso's cubist period, creating their own 'Picasso Face' to share with all. 

Vincent Van Gogh is known for his contrasting colors and his impasto style filled with hatch strokes and rolling, pulsing motions of his paintbrush. Van Gogh would stroke his paint on the canvas with a knife, or brush - almost like working with clay - the paint strokes forming marks with textures. One of his most famous paintings in his 'Sunflowers'.

 

Students grew a field of sunflowers to place in their vision of Van Gogh's 'Sunflowers'. Third graders use their talents and creativity drawing their sunflowers.

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Fourth grade students attended Tim Horton's Camp Kentahten in September. About seventy-five students and eleven chaperons spent two nights and three days in Campbellsville, Kentucky at Green River Lake. Campers were kept very busy participating in a variety of activities designed to both inspire and challenge. Each activity helps young people learn, and achieve, the ideals of team work,friendship and community; goal setting and achievement; adventure, creativity and discovery; responsible leadership, environmental awareness, and peace.

 

Camp Kentahten is a program of the Tim Horton's Children Foundation. We would like to give a big Thank You to Mr. Tim Sublett and Tim Horton's for making the wonderful experience possible!

Camp Kentahten 2015, at the welcome gate.

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