Friday, August 22, 2008

The post where we both learn something

Did you even know there was such a thing as "sight words"?

I didn't.

Despite the fact that my mother was a kindergarten teacher for 40 years, I had never even heard the term.

For my fellow cave dwellers, sight words - of, and, he and you, for example- are words that don't follow basic decoding rules and must be memorized by new readers. Kids who learn early to memorize these words - also called instant, star and high frequency words - find learning to read much less frustrating.

I only learned of this whole concept when the Parent Bloggers Network offered me a chance to review a DVD designed to help teach kids how to memorize sight words. Rob and I have been reading to Graham on a regular basis since he was a baby but I've never really considered the logistics involved in him learning to read for himself, so I thought perhaps it might be a good idea to give it a shot.


Graham and I tested out Meet the Sight Words 1, the first in a series of three DVDs which feature the words being read over and over while morphing from big block letters into animated characters. For example, he becomes a castle from which knights and horses ride and balloons (always a favorite around here) are released.

The first time I put on the DVD, as much as I tried to cheer lead, Graham was not engaged at all. The second time, after bribing him to stay put with some popcorn, he actually sat through nearly half an hour of it and was engrossed enough that I was able to slip into the bathroom.

"What are you watching?' I asked him upon my return.

"It's and mommy," he cried in reply. "Look mommy, it's and."

And is a start.

Later that night I pointed out and in one his bedtime stories. He didn't recognize the word right away, but once I prompted him he remembered it.

And that is a start.

I'm definitely going to throw on the Meet the Sight Words 1 DVD again but I think I'll wait for a month or so. The series is recommended for ages 15 months to six years so, at not yet three, Graham's still at the young end of the age range.

I don't intend to push anything on him, but I think the repetition and the animated characters will help him memorize his sight words and I now realize this is an important step in learning to read.

Even though I didn't know there was such a thing as sight words just a month ago.

13 comments:

Angie @ KEEP BELIEVING said...

Sight words are all the rage in Preschool and Kindergarten in the USA now. My Kindergartener recognized and could repeat at least 40 sight words after a few months of school. I am mixed on it, but if their brains are ready to process it, why not, I guess.

KEEP BELIEVING

Lisa said...

As an ex-kindergarten teacher, I loved making games up with sight words. We'd play sight word bingo, a game called "bang" where they had to read all of the words they could, but when the "bang" card came up they had to give them back (hard to explain - but they loved it) and always had a sight word bean stalk. When they could read all of the words on the beanstalk they could add their name - such pride! I made all of the games with index cards & such...you know a teacher's budget!

Glad Graham liked the DVD. Learning is fun!

Amy @ Milk Breath and Margaritas said...

Shark is working on sight words (he's in 1st grade now) and we have flash cards (we're so old school - snort).

This would be something to consider though. Thanks for reviewing it!

Amy @ Milk Breath and Margaritas said...

Shark is working on sight words (he's in 1st grade now) and we have flash cards (we're so old school - snort).

This would be something to consider though. Thanks for reviewing it!

Eternal Sunshine said...

Ah - sight words. My now first grader had a LOT of sight words last year, and this year my youngest will be learning them.

I wish I had known about this DVD a year or two ago. Once he started Kindergarten, Monkey had very few problems identifying them, and only needed a little prompting to recognize them in a book or story at first... The DVD would have been great for summer watching.

imbeingheldhostage said...

It's so cool you're reviewing this and blogging about it. Thanks!

Shan said...

My daughter has learned sight words for the past two years in her j/k and s/k class. Her teacher calls them popcorn words because they pop up all the time. Every time they found one they would have to "butter it" aka colour it yellow. They also made a whole collection of sight word books for the kids to read at home. My daughter is always excited to point out a popcorn word.

Bloggy Mama said...

I did know about sight words, I am a teacher. A video, eh? Sounds interesting! I hope that you find it useful and that Graham enjoys it.

Kelli said...

Wow! 15 months? Talk about early literacy skills...haha :)

I personally would do what you are doing and wait a little bit before watching it again. He has plenty of time!

I'd be interested to see this DVD though...might be something I could use with my younger students when I go back to teaching.

Anonymous said...

dypefleed [url=http://wiki.openqa.org/display/~buy-codeine-no-prescription-online]Buy Codeine no prescription online[/url] [url=http://wiki.openqa.org/display/~buy-cytotec-without-no-prescription-online]Buy Cytotec without no prescription online[/url]

Anonymous said...

halo pc cd crack
keygen windows 98 se
finale 2004 crack
maya personal learning edition crack
scream machines crack
componentone studio enterprise 2005 crack
encore 4.5 crack
sprintbit file manager crack
3.50 keygen rar win
easy video capture 1.20 crack




frozen throne keygen
musicmatch 7.1 crack
make crack from coke
armies of exigo crack 1.3
ableton live 4.0.1 keygen
isilo crack 4.2
keygen warcraft world
dvd2divxvcd crack
real producer plus 10 crack
shapeshifter crack
crack serial number
mazaika 2.4 crack
adobe elements tryout crack
jiao vcd cutter crack
adobe photo shop cs2 crack codes
boson router test v5.53 crack
cleanmypc registry cleaner v2.18 crack
soldier of fortune 2 cd key crack

Anonymous said...

icoo loader login crack
dvdcopy 3 keygen
popcap pizza frenzy crack
advanced office password recovery trial crack
timeshock demo crack
panda antivirus titanium 2004 crack
barebone warez
crack for fraps 2.5
cafe manager pro crack
pdf converter 2 crack




3d custom screensaver crack
crack for digital media converter
pe explorer 1.96 crack
dvdxcopy xpress keygen
pppshar crack
thememakerpro crack
hipsoft flip words keygen
crack nero 6606
win 98se keygen
flight sim 2000 crack
connectix keygen pc virtual window
diskeeper 9 professional edition warez
metacut crack
systemworks 2004 crack
quake shareware cd crack
nofeel ftp server 2.4 crack
clone dvd 3.6 1.0 crack
crack head sponge bob
bad cd repair 3.0 crack
altium dxp crack

Anonymous said...

My first test blog.
my first test blog
[url=http://tboardu.blog.hr] my first test blog [/url]