When I came to my new school 3 years, there was not any type of sight word plan in place. There really was no plan or expectation for learning sight words at all. I knew that we had to remedy that very quickly having had great success in my previous school. With the help of my colleagues, we took a plan that I had used previously and adapted and updated to fit our needs. I teach in a Title 1 school in a very poor area. I only share to let you know that we had some big hills to climb.
Let me share our success. The year before I came to Topping, only 59% of Kindergarteners were reading on grade level. The first year I was there and we implemented our sight word plan and Readers Workshop, we had 93 % of our Kindergarteners reading at/ on Grade level and 17 % reading at a Level J or above. The 2012-2013 school year, we had 100%, YEP 100% of our K students reading at a F &P level D or above and many reading way above. This school year 2014-2015 we had 98% of our students read at Level D or above! I love to share that Data and growth! .
We have had a number of teacher friends who have begun to use our sight word program this past year. I love hearing of their successes. One teacher said, "I believe we had higher readers this year because of sending the Sight Word homework and take home books home each week." Love it!
Our expectation is that our K kiddos will know 100 sight words by heart and be able to write 40 of them by the end of the year. You can get this plan free here.:
One of our very favorite ways to introduce our sight words is to use Heidisongs. Can I just say amazing!!!!
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Blessings for a great weekend!