Now it’s time to take the giant leap into sight words.
All of our reading is a combination of sounding stuff out and sight words, so I believe in getting started on sight words after sounding it out. Kids need to not rely on the memory entirely, hence — I like to start with sounding it out first.
I picked out 20 short words that I thought were pretty prevalent in our language and started P on those. The good news is that A and I are sight words. Good words to have them show a sense of accomplishment.
I smarted up about 6 months ago and started doing words in their order of use. I found a website and then started doing our sight words in this order. This isn’t to say that these are sight words. Some words simply can’t be sounded out and so people call those sight words (like “could”). I’ve started calling words that we use frequently that she might as well memorize sight words. Honestly, by going down the list of the most used words we’ve had a lot of luck with reading.
I do flashcards with small candies as a reward. It works. Sue me.
Sometimes a sticker is perfectly enough though — figure out your child.
So, we work on the sight words, and then once we’re done with a few I’ll put them out on the table and call out the word and have her grab them. Just another way to practice it.
I’m not saying that my way is perfect — but it’s the way I’ve done it, third time was the charm. I’ve tweaked it a bit each time. Every child is different. I’d love to know what worked for you!