Sight words

Shelly - posted on 02/24/2011 ( 11 moms have responded )

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I was wondering if anyone is having trouble with their 5 year old learning their sight words in Kindergarten. My daughter is having a hard time learning them. Is there a game that can help her remember her words. I don't like seeing her struggle with reading at such a young age.

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Dina - posted on 06/05/2011

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www.starfall.com is a great site for helping teach kids the basic...my sons kindergarden teacher sent the link home with him one day...and he loves the website. Me and my son also read every day before bed, he brings home 1-2 books from school that HE reads to me, if he doesnt know the word he tells me the first letter in that word, what sounds it makes, and then I tell him what it is.

Laurice - posted on 02/24/2011

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i was also having a problem. i have a 5 yr old girl. it helped her by teaching her how to sound out each letter together and once she says it faster then she hears the word. then i write these words on cards and each day we go through 5 words. also when she wants something, like a piece of gum or candy, or to play x-box she has to remember one of her sight words and then spell it. shes doing much better. hope it was helpful

Jenny - posted on 08/31/2011

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I have had 2 go through KG - they both had issues... my daughter is now going into 2nd & she did a lot better with sight words in 1st. I'm hoping my son will fallow in ther foot-steps and have an easier time with them in 1st this year then he did in KG last year.

We made flash cards out of index cards, got magnetic letters & put them on magnet boards or the freezer. We also would make sentences out of the flash cards once they got enough words to start making small ones. They seemed to like making and reading the sentences more the flash card drills... try to make it a game.

Tamara - posted on 06/07/2011

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Hello I also have a five year old that's struggling a bit. We enrolled her in Kumon and it's working great. We also have to remember that they are 5 and our expectations may be a bit high. Our kindergarten teacher wants her to read but our pediatrician said don't' force it. In time it'll just come. You don't want to discourage.

MaDora - posted on 02/28/2011

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My son is also having a lot of trouble with sight words. I found the best way to help with that is to ask the teacher for advice. Because what I do and what my sons teacher does is diffrent and I didn't want to make it harder for him to learn so I ask how his teacher does it how many words a week they learn and just do what they do and it seems to help my son. We use flash cards the teacher sends home and I don't always leave them in the order I first start with. I always mix it up so that way he's not just memorizing the words he's learning them.

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Margie - posted on 04/02/2014

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My 5 year old is having challenges as well. She has been read to her whole life, before bed and other times of days. She loves books and adores libraries. We use flash cards as well. We mix and add new words. I think she is knowing. she knows at home, yet not as many when assessed at school. We do all teachers advice. She may need summer tutoring for 1st grade.

Barb - posted on 06/17/2013

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They are holding my grandson back just because of sight words, and they expect him to write sentences. he is upset and I think its wrong!

Stacy - posted on 06/10/2011

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I do the same thing with my son.Teaching them how to sound out letters and then combine them helps a lot so try that method,or try to make up songs.

Melissa - posted on 05/21/2011

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Yes my five year old was deff having alot of problems with the sight words. She is very good with them now. Dont let them fool you. they know the words but they get lazy lol :)

Holly - posted on 04/10/2011

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If your child doesn't mind you can always simply use flash cards to learn the sight words. If she needs you to make it more fun I would reccomend bingo or memory. You can also write a story with her using some of the sight words. You might also consider buying the magnets with a sticky back (they're the size of a business card) and making the sight words into magnets.

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