Learning to Read: Sight Words Information for Parents

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 31, 2019

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Learning to Read: Sight Words

What are sight words?

Sight words, often also called high frequency sight words, are commonly used words that young children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so that they can automatically recognize these words in print without having to use any strategies to decode them. They are called “sight” words because the goal is for your child to recognize these words instantly, at first sight.

 

Why are Sight Words Important?

Sight words are very important for your child to master because, believe it or not, “sight words account for up to 75% of the words used in beginning children’s printed material”, according to research. Each set of words builds upon the other, meaning that once your child learns the sight words in Foundation, he will be expected to still recognize those words as he learns new words in subsequent year levels.

 

Many of the over 200 “sight words” do not follow the basic phonics principles, thus they cannot be “sounded out.” Beginning readers need an effective strategy for decoding unknown words, and being familiar with sight words is an effective method. Working hard to learn these words by sight (memorizing) pays off. It allows children to free up cognitive resources so they can focus on the tougher words that require strong decoding skills. They are also able to understand the majority of the text if those decoding skills fail. There is more to why sight words are important than just simply the mechanics of reading; they are also fantastic confidence boosters. Sight-word knowledge provides a scaffold of understanding and confidence for new readers who need to use all the other tools in their tool box to complete the job at hand: reading with understanding. 

Other benefits of sight words include:

  • Sight words promote confidence. Because the first 100 sight words represent over 50% of English text, a child who has mastered the list of sight words can already recognize at least half of a sentence. If your child begins to read a book and can already recognize the words, chances are he/she won’t feel discouraged and put the book down, rather he/she’ll have more confidence to read it all the way through. And, choose another!
  • Sight words help promote reading comprehension. When your child opens a book for the first time, instead of trying to decipher what ALL of the words mean, he/she can shift his/her attention to focus on those words with which he/she is not familiar. He/She will already know at least half of the words, so focusing on the other half helps strengthen the understanding of the text.
  • Sight words provide clues to the context of the text. If your child is familiar with the sight words, he/she may be able to decode the meaning of the paragraph or sentence by reading the sight words. And, if a picture accompanies the text, your child may be able to determine what the story is about and come away with a few new words.

Fun with Sight Words

  1. Sight Word Bingo

You can find many different commercial sight-word bingo games, or you can make your own. Here is a simple post from teachmama.com that shows you how. 

  1. Sight Word Hide & Seek

Write sight words on index cards, and hide them around the house. Set the timer and give your child two minutes to find as many sight words as he/she can. At the end of the two minutes, have him/her read the list to you. Your child scores one point for every correct word. Repeat, challenging him/her to break his or her own record. 

  1. Sight Word Memory

Using index cards, write out pairs of sight words and place them face down on a table. Take turns flipping over the cards and reading the words. If you make a match, you keep the cards. The person with the most cards when they are all turned over wins. 

  1. Meal Time Word Wall 

Make a word wall with a large piece of butcher paper. Start with two words, adding a new one daily. Have your child read the whole list every mealtime. If he/she has trouble with the list, do not add more words until he/she can read without trouble.

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Italian songs

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 29, 2019

We have been learning to sing some songs in Italian. Join in with us!

 

Brain Breaks

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 21, 2019

Brain-breaks involve taking a short break in a lesson to engage in a burst of physical movement or a fun mental challenge. Brain-breaks have been found to increase student engagement, improve cognitive functioning, raise motivation levels and improve student behaviour.

 

Here are a few of our favourites;

Personal and Social capabilities

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 21, 2019

During this first term, we have been learning about the importance of being a bucket filler. We have talked about how we all have an invisible bucket that can be filled by kind words and actions, such as sharing, smiling, helping and thanking. We made a list of all the ways that we can be bucket fillers. We also talked about bucket dipping behaviors that hurt our relationships with each other. When we fill other peoples’ buckets, we fill our own bucket too.

With our Year 6 buddies, we also talked about the ways that we can fill buckets. Bucket filling is fun and easy to do.

Inquiry Learning – The Quest for Less

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 10, 2019

This term our unit of Inquiry focuses on Environment and Sustainability. 

We are investigating ‘How does waste impact on our environment?’

Our big questions are around;

What does ‘waste’ mean? Where does it go?

What are the kinds of waste people create in their daily lives?

How do we manage waste?

We hope that the students will gain new understandings around :

  • People have a responsibility to care for planet Earth
  • Our earth is precious
  • Earth’s resources are finite
  • Our actions affect the health of our planet
  • People make choices that impact on the earth

So far, we have learnt about the earth’s resources, what are these and why are they important.

After watching a clip about the Earth’s resources we have created a display about this in our classrooms.

Strawberry Fair Fun

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Posted by owenf | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on March 4, 2019

Well Strawberry Fair has come and gone but still we can’t stop talking about it. It was a tremendous family and community day with lots of fun for everyone. Sweltering heat didn’t stop us and a great day was had by all!

Thank you so much to all the parents of Foundation students who generously sent along donations and who volunteered to help out. This is just one of the annual events at St. Anne’s which makes this such a great school and great parish community to be a part of.

Of course though, it is the rides that the children seem to love the most! Closely followed by the Toy Stall. We hope that you didn’t end up purchasing the same toy that you had just donated as some families have been known to do in the past!

Now we have to wait a whole year until next time!

 

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