Friday, November 7, 2008

"Sight Words".... made all the difference

I consider myself a hands-on-mom when it comes with my son’s lessons in school. I didn’t hire a tutor for I still believe that mothers can manage to teach lessons in Kindergarten.

Teaching lessons in Kindergarten is very challenging. This is the level in learning where they are being taught to read phrases, sentences, reading comprehensions etc. and so we parents should be there to guide and support them in this process.

I love teaching my son to read and have found out that for a child to develop his reading skills he or she must learn of sight words or the so-called high frequency words. In the Reading subject of my son, they are now being taught of these sight words by level.

One day a friend gave me a copy of a simple story “ The Best Thing in the World” which comprises of 220 Dolch Word List. This is a story of four brothers wherein their father who is an old king told his sons that He will not live long anymore and so He asked them to bring Him the Best Thing in the World and the one who can bring the Best Thing shall be the new King.

The four brothers started off to find the Best thing in the world. At the end of the story the last brother was the one who have brought the king of the Best Thing in the World. Guess what’s the Best Thing in the World? That is to all the mothers out there to find this out. Click the internet and search google and print a copy. Read this with your early reader child and ask simple questions after reading to test if your child was able to understand the story.

Edward William Dolch, PH.D in his book, as searched in the internet published Dolch Word List. He is also the author of “Problems in Reading”. With Dolch word no need for extra practice, as they learn them by reading them repeatedly in context.

Integrating these sight words to your kids reading lesson will really supplements their strong balance reading. It boosts every child’s motivation and confidence in Reading. Sight word integration truly made all the difference. My son can read a story with three long paragraphs now. My continuous goal is to practice Him to read and read more and of course another important thing is to teach of reading comprehension.


3 comments:

Mom of Four said...

That's cool. Here, those high frequency words..those are the words they use all the time. They also have "pop corn" words, that pop out every now and then. My son, at age 6 can read as a 2rd grade level. Well, I assume, coz at that age, I can't read that much..He knows when to pause, and all that. Amazing..I love to read with him and with Wrozlie. She's a book-a-holic...
Glad your son reads well now.. Keep up the good work Mommy..

blessedmom said...

thanks mommy for sharing that information. very helpful! ur truly a wonderful mom... :)

take care friend! keep us updated with interesting information...and not to forget..ur hilarious jokes :)

MOMnificent said...

Thanks mga mommies...we are also learning with our kids. Let's continue to support them especially in their studies.