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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!  🙂

sight words?

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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!  🙂