How many High-frequency words do you teach in Kindergarten?

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  1. zoey'smom

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    I know every school is different. How many High frequency words do you teach? How many words are too many? Our reading sereies teaches about 24 words. Last year I added to it, but I was wondering what everyone else does.
     
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    40 words - Our reading series has 30 words and I add about 10 extra words.
     
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    We have 46 high frequency words, 44 in our series and we also add "boy" and "girl". It's tough to squeeze it all in but the kids love learning new words.
     
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    Our reading series has 32, but I expect my kids to also know 11 color words!
     
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    The district requires 40, but that does not include color or number words or those cvc words and word family words we work on. However, students must master and own 30 to be meeting the standard.
     
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    We have 77 words.
     
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    I also add color words also.
     
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    Does this include the color words and number words?
     
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    We do about 125.
     
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    Wow! How many words do you teach each week?
     
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    Wow, we're on the low end. We require them to know 23 and 109 at the end of first grade.
     
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    125 seems really high. Our kids leave reading, but wow that is high. Our kids have to know 35, but of course they do learn many more than that.
     
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    They are only required to know 25 to pass grade level. All my students know at least 23 by the end of the first quarter plus their color words and most of their number words (0-10).

    My list is differentiated but all my students were given 5-12 words per week. The lists sometimes fluctuated based on the difficulty.

    I don't remember exactly what the ending number was, but my lowest student already knew over 50 words by sight by the middle of the year so I don't think 125 is that high.

    Our goal, internally not district wide, is to have them know as many of the pre-primer and primer level dolch words by the end of the year plus any content area words we can help them develop. There isn't a magic rule but rather just a push to keep going. They seem to really rise to the challenge!
     
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    We don't really have a required list. I just follow the words in our curriculum, and I introduce one per week.
     
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    Yes, it include red, blue, yellow, brown, black, one, two, three, and four.
     
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    Thanks everyone, I was just wondering. I wasn't sure if I should add to my list again this year. Last year I was over 75 words and the kids did very well. But I only expect them to know the 24 words and color words by the end of the year.
     
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    About 90, plus color words
     
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    As I stated, our district does have the minimum of 25 words but quite frankly most kids are easily able to handle much more. My students are actually ESL and many of these sight words are not found in their native language (for the ones that come with a strong first language). Yet all of my students can clearly handle many more than 25 words (even if you add the color words). Words like "to," "from," "by," "the," "a," etc. are not even present in our daily discourse (taught in their first language except during direct reading instruction). Yet they manage. I do recognize that not everyone is fortunate enough to have a full day program, etc. Have high expectations. They can do it!!
     
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    I disagree that kindergarteners should learn 5-12 words per week (unless you are talking through analogy: look, book, cook). Sure some kids will get it (and they should be encouraged via guided reading), but it will confuse others. Most of our kids leave kindergarten reading above level 8 so I don't think teaching word after word is necessary. We have high expectations but still keep in mind that we are laying a foundation. I'd rather a kindergartener leave kinder knowing 35 words REALLY well (along with great reading strategies) than know 125 sight words so-so. As I said before my students leave kinder knowing many more than our 35 words - but that is all that is goes on the word wall.

    This is only my opinion as someone with a master's in reading. I just think sometimes we push too far.
     
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    I want to clarify that I don't have spelling tests, etc. I just expose my students to these words each week as we do our normal activities and we do have daily word study as part of our balanced reading program. Some of their words DO come from guided reading. As I said, it is individualized, but they do come out knowing more than 25 words. You just said it yourself, many students know many many more than 35 words. That was my point. Teaching words also doesn't mean we aren't teaching reading strategies, etc. either. Nor does it mean we have worksheets, etc. I personally have a love for words and my students end up having a love for words as well and for reading and writing. Our reading specialists also encourage this. Would I set the requirement at 125 for all students? No. But I do put more than 25 words on the word wall. For most words, they have individualized word rings for this (idea given to me by our reading recovery teachers).

    Can we push too far? Sure. I just don't think going over 25 words is pushing too far nor am I having to use developmentally inappropriate practices to expose them to it. Nor am I making this a central part of their overall reading program. There are so many more components. Do I agree that there are foundations we must firmly plant? Absolutely.
     

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