Originally Posted by luvtoteach
Our students are required by the district to learn 100 sight words in kindergarten. I have to use the district list but can do it in whatever order I feel I need to. I start off with the color words because we are teaching colors, though they are long and difficult it seems to help to get them from the beginning. Then I go back to the shorter words and move up from there. I like to group words together that can make a sentence (when I introduce the word "I", I also introduce "see" and "a" because we can use this as a sentence and they can use that in centers to write). I introduce 3 to 4 a week at the beginning the 4 to 5 a week by the second nine weeks.
I am curious what others think about sight words. I taught first grade using Reading Street and they had an ample amount of sight words to learn - I thought it was enough to help them read but not too much. My daughter is in first grade this year and she has to learn over 300 sight words this year. Just curious what the thoughts are out there about memorizing so many words.
I am a kindergarten teacher, and we started out learning six words per week, and are now learning ten words per week. My students have learned approximately 80 words now. My goal is for them to know 300 sight words prior to first grade.
I have a list of 300 sight words that encompass 60% of all written material.
My class has only 9 students in private school with awesome parental participation regarding homework skills and studying. Without this, I am sure that accomplishing this would be extremely difficult.
I think 100 by the end of kindergarten and 300 more for first grade is great !! Given the correct words, this can enable your daughter to become an fantastic reader.
My students have also learned via phonics CVC words, long/short vowel combinations, blends, etc. All of my children except one can read and comprehend Magic Treehouse Books. The one child I have takes a little longer to learn everything, but still has learned almost 50 sight words, and most everything else.
You are very lucky... in our public school district, our students are expected to know 18 sight words in kindergarten... ewwww....