Daily Archives: June 26, 2010

short changing?

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So, Since I came back online (and to blogging) I’ve been reading all the blogs I follow to get updates.  By the time I got through reading, I couldn’t help but wonder if I was short-changing my kids!  Apparently, some pre-k children are reading by the time the year is over!  Reading!  I never thought this was possible!  But apparently it is.  And so I started wondering if I wasn’t holding my kids back by not offering them more.  It’s not mandated where I live to expect pre-k children to read or do anything more then know their letters.  But, if I have children who already know their letters in the beginning of the year should I be introducing more complex things like sight words or blends?

I went to a conference this spring about literacy and the presenter said she introduces sight words to her pre-k students at the start of the year and continues to introduce a new word every 2 or 3 weeks.  She said that some of her students will pick up on sight words before letters because to read a sight word does not mandate that you need to know every letter within the word.  She also introduces blends later in the year.  I’ve read on other blogs that teachers don’t introduce them until after Christmas to ensure that the children are ready.

So, I’m thinking it wouldn’t hurt to introduce sight words to my class next year.  See how it goes.  Problem is, I don’t know how to introduce a sight word!  Do I just make a flashcard of the sight word I want to introduce and show it to the kids? Do I make a big production of it?  Keep it simple?  What kind of follow-up activities do I need to do?  What words do I start with?  So many questions!  It’s getting a bit overwhelming to think of – but I’d like to give it a try!  If anyone has any thoughts, please share them with me!  I want to be as informed as possible – thanks!  🙂