Why are SIGHT WORDS important?
I am a firm believer of a language arts program that teaches and reviews sight words. Sight words are those words that have a high frequency presence in printed materials that children read. As children build their sight word recognition, they are able to read more books.
Why are WORD FAMILIES important?
I teach the patterns in word families throughout the year because they help my students develop their decoding and ability to sound out words. Once they learn those word families, they are able to decode so many words quickly. This puts them well on their way to reading and decoding success!
Why is a SPELLING program important?
I use a spelling program in my classroom so every student has a list of words to learn and practice at home. My spelling program is mostly phonics based and each unit I teach reviews the short and long vowels, digraphs and diphthongs, blends, and more.
I use each week to review the phonetic concept that is present in that spelling unit. My students develop not only the ability to spell words, but read and understand a new phonetic pattern or rule.They can then use those skills to read new material and write independently.
Word study and phonics lessons and activities occur frequently during our week. I usually have a designated time of the week to work on spelling, sight words, and word families.This coming year I plan on incorporating the Daily 5 system of word work, where my students will be working on something everyday. With the Daily 5 system you need to organize your literacy blocks throughout the day, instead of the whole class working on the same activities at the same time.
During this time, I pull small groups to work on word study concepts, while my students are completing their word work activities.
Activities Completed Each Morning:
If you are interested in a copy of my morning meeting schedule for the week to use for teaching a word study program, click HERE to download!
What is the key component in your word study program?