Kindergarten—Sight Words for the Beginning Reader
It’s the 1st of September, and already panic is ensuing! Another child from the parents of kids I taught previously has entered kindergarten!
“My child doesn’t know sight words yet!”
Everyone whose child doesn’t yet know them is fearful that their child has only been in school two or three days and is already falling behind.
Use your own judgment. Does the child want to work on them yet? If not, I propose a far more meaningful activity. Yes, you’ll be rocking the boat just a bit, but you’ll be making far less of a negative impact on your child’s views on reading. And, thankfully, you’ll still be working on sight words, as requested!
Select delightful picture books that will please your child and read them to him daily. Once or twice during the reading point out a sight word and tell him what it is.
“Hey, look! It’s one of your sight words! It’s _______!”
A page or so later, when it reappears, as sight words always do, ask if he knows what it is. Tell him it’s a sight word that you two just talked about! How fun is that?!
If he wants the same book night after night, fantastic! That’s great behavior for unconsciously absorbing sight words. (go to page 2, below)