I have heard a wide range of opinions when it comes to discussing the topic of teaching sight words and early reading in pre-k. Some I’ve talked to are against it – saying it’s too early and just because children are able to learn something doesn’t mean they should. Others say they are going to learn it anyways so we might as well start now. Still others I’ve talked to say they aren’t sure if they should or shouldn’t teach them to their preschoolers. This is the group I’m in now. The I’m-not-so-sure-if-I-should-teach-sight-words-or-how-to-do-it-if-I-wanted-to group. Yep, that’s me.
I always thought this was something that was supposed to be done in Kindergarten. I mean, I have children who at the end of the year can still barely hold a pencil and don’t even know half the letters. I know they aren’t ready. But still – I have some who I think could handle it – should I be teaching them more? If so, how do I do it when my school invests in absolutely no curriculum and I’ve never done it before? It seems very overwhelming to me
I’m open to opinions and suggestions. What do you think? Have you, or do you teach sight words to your preschoolers? I’d like to hear what some of you do or don’t do when it comes to this topic. I’d like to learn more and I thought a great place to start would be to ask other professionals out there in the blogging world! So – comment away – I’m eagerly awaiting your thoughts! 🙂