I was fortunate enough to have two kiddos who are high level readers--where it just came easy for them. Unfortunately, it has made it hard for me in the classroom. I try to differentiate their instruction. I work with them during intervention. Then I come home and try to figure out what else I can do to help them.
You may remember the story of the little girl last year who struggled with sight words, and she made much growth through the sight word readers I created. The books were easy, but built with repetition of previous sight words. It gave her the confidence that she needed. Her mom was proud of the growth she made last year, and so was I. She's still holding her own as a 2nd grader right now!! (I like to see how "my kids" are doing the following year!)
Well this year, I have some struggling kiddos again---the sad thing is, they have missed quite a few days of school (over 35--and that's not counting holidays, snow days and tardies) I know right? So, I'm trying hard to get them caught up.
One of these kiddos has just recently been pulled for interventions by a resource teacher. Our resource teacher uses Dolch words, so I needed to revamp some of my work I created previously so I can assist her when she comes back to the room. I also wanted to create it in a manner to which parents can help the kiddos at home.
I think sight words need to be practiced often, repetition is key. However, I don't want just drill, drill, drill with the use of flash cards. I created a little pack (very similar to the Super Readers set) for the first five words in the Dolch Pre-Primer list.
I've considered revamping the Super Reader sets to resemble this pack, but I needed input from others. Do you use Fry words or Dolch words?
To try this with your kiddos (As a parent or teacher) click on the image below.
What do you think of this little pack with the readers?