Books Before Bedtime”
Family LIteracy Night
Thursday, November 10th
Children can even come in pj’s!
Don’t miss the fun!!
I wanted to take a moment to talk to you about the importance of helping your child master their sight words. Successful readers use a number of tools to help them understand texts. One of the most effective and powerful reading tools that parents can help children develop is sight word recognition. When a child is able to grasp and identify sight words he is well on his way to becoming a outstanding reader. Believe it or not, 50% or more of all reading texts are made up of the same 100 words! The most frequently used and repeated words in the English language are known as sight words. This list of words includes the, a, is, of, to, in, and, I, you, and that. Think about the number of times that you have seen these words in a piece of reading material. It’s probably too many times to count.
Sight words are critical to reading not only because they are used so frequently, but also because many of them cannot easily be sounded out or illustrated. Imagine what reading would be like if you attempted to sound out walk every time you encountered it in your reading. Then imagine that you do not know the word the. You cannot use the pictures accompanying a text to help you decipher this word because it cannot be illustrated. Using phonics or picture reading skills for words like these is useless and fruitless for readers, especially those who are in the early stages of developing their decoding skills.
When a reader masters sight words he/she is able to understand at least half of the words in a particular text. By eliminating the need to decode these words, the reader is able to focus on those that are more difficult and less familiar.
Our goal for Kindergarten is for every child to be reading on at least a level D by the end of school. To accomplish this goal your child will need to master most if not all of our 100 sight words. Please help your child practice these words daily. Pick 5-10 to master at a time and review mastered words, once or twice a week.
Thanks you so much for being a critical part of your child’s learning!