LettersEach week we will be focusing on a letter or letters using the following order:
Mm Ss Rr Aa Tt Nn Pp Cc Ii Dd Oo Gg Ff Ee Bb Kk Uu Ll Hh Ww Xx Vv Jj Yy Zz sh ck ch th ing/ink ar ee allFor each letter/blend, we will practice (and encourage you to do the same at home!)
- the sound of each letter/blend
- writing both upper and lower case letter
- recognizing the letter/blend sound correspondence of each letter in words
We will be learning these "sight words" in Kindergarten this year. Most of our sight words do not follow the "normal" phonetic patterns, and therefore, we do not sound these words out. I will "color" the word once we have learned it in class. Practicing at home is always encouraged as it helps your child to master these words more efficiently.
littleWhy Learn Sight Words?
There are a number of reasons for learning (memorizing) sight words but two of the main reasons are:
- there are certain words that you can not "sound out" using the basic letter and blend sounds; and because
- having a repertoire of known, commonly used words will help your child's reading to flow and therefore aid them in not just reading text, but more importantly, understanding and comprehending text.The less your child has to stop to sound out a word, the more the text will flow and the easier it will be for them to read, (not just to decode symbols) for meaning.Please click here for a list of sight words!