I'm really clueless on what needs to be taught when. I am finishing up K with my oldest. I follow the TM and do what it says and don't even think about what it doesn't say because I am ignorant of what that might be.
(when it comes to phonics especially. I do use other experiences as learning opportunities.
) Therefore, my son does not know many sight words at all. He is picking up a few, but I haven't purposed to teach him any. Does MFW teach them and if so, when??
I see mention of sight words all over the place. Somewhere else people were saying that a k'er should know 50-100 sight words by the end. Umm....mine knows maybe 5.
The curriculum doesn't tell me to teach them, so I haven't. Am I missing something I should know and my child is suffering for it?? He does read CVC words fairly easily even though he still sounds them out first.
He is starting 1st soon. Maybe it is in there and I didn't see, but I didn't see it. LOL. Where can I find out what words he should learn as sight words. I feel so lost sometimes and I'm having a hard time not feeling like he is behind because of me. Help!
Yes.... sight words are taught in 1st grade when they are needed to help with the Bible reader selection.
Teacher to teacher here.... there are competing philosophies out there about "sight words" and how many, and when. One philosophy is hog wash toward them and says almost all of the standard 220 sight words are actually not sight words, but taught in phonograms.
While I don't agree with this article entirely when it comes to the fear mongering about sight words "causing" dyselxia, I do like the information in terms of spelling rules and what are some common sight words that your child might already know.
http://www.thephonicspage.org/On%20Read ... words.html
There will be some sight words in MFW K in the last unit. You'll want to make sure your child in K can read his first and last name.
then,.. it's in first grade when you need it.
In other words... you haven't messed up
Thanks Crystal! You are always so helpful to me. I'm definitely going to read that link later.
He can definitely read and write his name.
I had picked up on different thoughts about sight words and I know there are several different philosophies regarding phonics and learning to read. I just never had time to really go in-depth and research them myself. I decided to trust MFW and so far it's been working beautifully. Seeing someone else ask about how a K'er should be reading and seeing several respond with 50-100 sight words got me worried. I need to stop second guessing myself and MFW. I'm hoping that is still going to come with time and I'll gain confidence as I get more years of Homeschooling behind me. I know that is how parenting is. I'm perfectly confident in my ability to parent (most of the time
), but it took time to build that. I assume the same will be true of HS'ing. I hope. LOL!!
Also, for anyone coming behind me....I found this thread in the archives after I posted this question:
in terms of 50 sight words... in MFW, in Kindy, they work on short vowel controlled readers so that you don't have to introduce a lot of words that otherwise don't make sense.
and my guess? even those using that idea of teach sight in Kindy... may not all have the same 50 words either...
I'm doing a google search as I type.... the lists are all different.
here's a list of 32 that should put it in perspective.
http://www.education.com/magazine/artic ... ightwords/
I can remember when I was in Kindy. We took a field trip to the Natural Bridge Zoo in Virginia. It was all day Kindy trip.. road trip baby! anyway.... the teachers were thrilled that we all could read the road signs for ZOO
and that was the "advanced" class of readers. LOL
here.. this one is cute..... Mrs. somebody's Kindy class in some public school... check out the list of by the end of the year spelling words, scroll to bottom for the spelling list.. (but if your child needs to use the blend ladder or doesnt' know them it is ok)
http://schools.dcsdk12.org/education/co ... ilid=65625