40 Words Already?!!

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  1. Katisop99

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    My school has just hired a "curriculum specialist" to help bring up our test scores. He is furious right now because my students, who have been to pre-school, don't know how to read many words. Most know 1-5 sight words, although some know around 30. (Which I think is amazing!)

    He came from high school. Are his standards ridiculous or are mine too low? I feel that at the END of the year students should know these simple CVC and 40 sight words.
     
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  3. DrivingPigeon

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    Wow, he needs to get a clue.

    I have taught 3 sight words so far: I, a, my. I introduce one word per week, and I think that's plenty.

    Can they even identify all 52 letters yet? Do they even know all of their letter sounds? I think he needs to go back to basics here...
     
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    Whoa....I'd say he's way off base. He needs to go back to school to understand what early childhood standards are.

    It doesn't matter what he "dictates" that the children will know. They'll know what they know no matter how much we do with them because of their developmental stage.
     
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    I'm agreement with the other comments-Out of my 33 students maybe 5 know all 31 of the kindergarten sight words already-maybe another 2-3 know about half and the rest only know the 3 I have introduced so far I, can and we. These kids JUST started Kindergarten-they will get there!
     
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    OMG!!! I have taught my kids 5 words so far. We do one word per week. Preschool or no preschool his expectations are absolutely ridiculous!
     
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    I think that he is WAY off base. We need to be more concerned with letters and letter sounds than sight words at this point.
     
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    Yikes, we do not have any site words yet- our focus is on letters and letter sounds.
     
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    I'd be surprised if all of my 2nd graders knew 40 sight words... that's a lot for a Kindergartener!

    I was really excited today that something I ordered from Scholastic with some bonus points came today... it's called "Systematic Sight Word Instruction". It is a 35 week program, that has activities and lessons for each week. I'm interested in seeing how it works this year :)
     
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    Sometimes people who don't work in early childhood, don't understand early childhood. Ours used to be 40 words by the end of the year, now it's 100. Even students who do attend Pre-K don't necessary come in reading-their still at that emergent level where words look like Chinese to them. Until that skill kicks in you can teach them until your blue in the face-they still may not be able to recognize those words.
     
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    Some kids are just not developmentally ready to read at age 5 PERIOD. AND THAT'S OK!!!!! People really need to get over this inappropriate expectation we put on all children of this age.
     
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    Your specialist should look at this, in particular pg. 34. It infuriates me what we are doing to little children!!

    crisis in kindergarten

    If we don't speak up for these children, who will???????
     
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    We don't do sight words at all in Kindergarten! 40 words at the start is WAY over the top!
     
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    I'm blaming you for my less than relaxing evening. I'm now absorbed in this article....the whole thing. Not exactly light reading :lol:
     
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    I"ve seen that article before. It's excellent.
     
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    Show the doofus your curriculum prescriptions for sight words. Tell him he has to base his expectations on that, not on some crazy idea he got in college (okay, I wouldn't use those exact words!).

    I hate the whole tone education has taken in the last 20 years with "excellence" (i.e. "better than everyone else") and "accelerated" being the buzz words. Why not accept the kids as they are and let them grow at the pace they grow at??
     
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    I am so glad to hear these responses! I am very much a believer in giving children access to these words, but allowing them to develop at their own pace.

    My Kindergarten is full day 7:30-3. I'm the only K teacher at my school who allows indoor playtime. Why can't children learn through play, like they're supposed to? I wish I could talk some sense into him, but his eyes are fixed on the test scores, not the children.
     
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    How much authority does he actually have, enough to override your curriculum? Probably not, and you may want to have a sit-down with him and show him the standard for your state for sight words, and the scope and sequence of your curriculum. It sounds like his tests are not aligned with your standards or curriculum.

    Put it all in writing for him. Then if he continues to fight with what you are doing, you have a document ready to go over his head with. I would hate to see it go that far, though! :unsure:
     
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