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    ^ And that's what we do.

    I understand what niddy is referring to, but the Sight words are supplementary to phonics.

    We play Word Bingo at Home and when that becomes a little easy for them I get them to spell the word,
    and when that becomes too easy, I get them making sentences with the words.

    One Son is topping the class with this, got an award presented infront of the School Kids. The other son
    finished second and there is daylight to the next student.

    I'm quite proud of the litter tackers.



    Oh, one of then is channeling Nev ... he's identified the difference between Then and Than
    “Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago”

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    ^ And that's what we do.

    I understand what niddy is referring to, but the Sight words are supplementary to phonics.

    We play Word Bingo at Home and when that becomes a little easy for them I get them to spell the word,
    and when that becomes too easy, I get them making sentences with the words.

    One Son is topping the class with this, got an award presented infront of the School Kids. The other son
    finished second and there is daylight to the next student.

    I'm quite proud of the litter tackers.



    Oh, one of then is channeling Nev ... he's identified the difference between Then and Than
    Good on you and them!

    Another game they'll like is fishing for sounds/words. Scatter some words on the floor and attach a paper clip to the word. Then they - with their "fishing rods" made with a chopstick, string and a magnet - fish for the word you say. After a few goes, change the speaker. Cheap to make, and a winner every time!

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Good on you and them!

    Another game they'll like is fishing for sounds/words. Scatter some words on the floor and attach a paper clip to the word. Then they - with their "fishing rods" made with a chopstick, string and a magnet - fish for the word you say. After a few goes, change the speaker. Cheap to make, and a winner every time!
    Good One ... we'll give that a go.

    Are the words face down (blank side up so it's blind fishing) or face up.

    Or maybe face up to start then face down when they have mastered the easy way?

    Thanks for the tip.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David48atTD View Post
    Good One ... we'll give that a go.

    Are the words face down (blank side up so it's blind fishing) or face up.

    Or maybe face up to start then face down when they have mastered the easy way?

    Thanks for the tip.
    Well, they obviously need to see the word to make the connection between the spoken form and the written form, and I've always done it face up, but if they're quite strong then why not push them a bit more by putting them face down and they search for them or, as you say, doing it face up first and then turning them over? You decide 'cos you know their ability, but I'd go face up first in most situations.

    A couple of variations are to take the chopsticks away and have them hop from word to word. If you keep the chopsticks, you could have them do it as a race and they pick the word up and bring it to you, but they can't use their hands (this is great fun in teams). Obviously, you need two sets of words for that.

    If you can factor movement into an activity, you're on a winner with almost all children.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    Teaching sight words to supplement phonics based instruction is fine as long as they're the most common (ie useful).
    Dolch word list.

    https://sightwords.com/sight-words/dolch/

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    Quote Originally Posted by hallelujah View Post
    I've always done it face up, but if they're quite strong then why not push them a bit more by putting them face down or, as you say, doing it face up first and then turning them over? You decide 'cos you know their ability

    ....What are we talking about here ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Luigi View Post
    That's a great list.

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    The Dolch Sight Words list is the most commonly used set of sight words. Educator Dr. Edward William Dolch developed the list in the 1930s-40s by studying the most frequently occurring words in children’s books of that era. The list contains 220 “service words” plus 95 high-frequency nouns. These words comprise 80% of the words you would find in a typical children’s book and 50% of the words found in writing for adults. Once a child knows this list of words, it makes reading much easier, because the child can then focus his or her attention on the remaining words.


    The Dolch words are commonly divided into groups by grade level, ranging from pre-kindergarten to third grade, with a separate list of nouns. There are a total of 315 Dolch Sight Words.

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