Say A child sees the word on the flash card and says the word while underlining it with her finger. Spell Reading The child says the word and spells out the letters, then reads the word how to teach phonics to kindergarteners. Arm Tapping The child says the word and then spells out the letters while tapping them on her arm. Air Writing A child says the word, then writes the letters in the air in front of the flash card.
Table Writing A child writes the letters on a table, first looking at and then not looking at the flash card. Corrections Procedure Correct a child’s mistake by clearly stating and reinforcing the right word several times. Overview Sight words instruction is an excellent supplement to phonics instruction. Phonics is a method for learning to read in general, while sight words instruction increases a child’s familiarity with the high frequency words he will encounter most often. Use lesson time to introduce up to three new words, and use game time to practice the new words. 1 Introduce New Words When first beginning sight words, work on no more than three unfamiliar words at a time to make it manageable for your child. Introduce one word at a time, using the five teaching techniques.
Hold up the flash card for the first word, and go through all five techniques, in order. This lesson should establish basic familiarity with the new words. This part of a sight words session should be brisk and last no more than ten minutes. As your child gets more advanced, you might increase the number of words you work on in each lesson.
2 Review Old Words Begin each subsequent lesson by reviewing words from the previous lesson. Words often need to be covered a few times for the child to fully internalize them. Remember: solid knowledge of a few words is better than weak knowledge of a lot of words! Say exercise for each of the review words.