The only "sight" words that I teach my children:sarah wrote:I am wondering about sight words in 1st grade. We just made flash cards for what we thought we should call sight words in Kindergarten and did other very basic sight words. My DS probably knows about 25 very common words by "sight" (and, the, saw, go, my, etc). My understanding is that this was the correct method for K.
Now we are getting ready to begin 1st and as I look over the reader and workbook I am still kinda confused about this. Do we just continue to pick what we think should be sight words and study those as such.... or is there a specific plan/list for sight words. If so, I can't find it but maybe I missed it. I guess what I want is for someone to say, "These are sight words and you should learn them in this order." Of course I can understand the method of them following the stories and I'm good with that, but I would still like for them to be specified for each lesson and put in some type of order so there's some way to keep up with it. I also don't want to teach something as a sight word if we will be learning to read it phonetically now that we are doing more phonic rules. I mean I understand most kids will just learn certain words just by reading them several times and technically that is memorizing them, but isn't it a good idea to have certain words memorized very well that are very common and can't be sounded out phonetically?
It just seems almost every curriculum (public school or homeschool) pushes sight words. Should you encourage your child to learn common words as sight words even though they can be sounded out phonetically easily? For example, sat or run or it. My son will occasionally sound these out (as slow as a word he doesn't know) unless I tell him it's a sight word, then he will usually remember quickly; especially if he spells it out loud quickly to himself. It's just confusing to me because I know they say not to let your child learn to read by memorizing words, but isn't that what sight words are? What's the right balance? Some of the words in the reader seem way more difficult than K so I'm kinda worried and even more confused about which we should use as sight words.
of (because the f makes the /v/ sound)
though (because ough has several sounds)
through (see above)
enough (see above)
was (because, at least here, the a makes the short /u/ sound, and the s makes the /z/ sound)
have (because the e doesn't make the a long, but it does keep an English word from ending in "v", which is another purpose of silent e)
because (because we pronounce it becuz here)
There are a few others that I can't think of off the top of my head. Most other words can be phonetically sounded out. For example, you mentioned "saw" in your list, but it is a phonetic word. The s says /s/ and the aw says /aw/ (aw always says /aw/). Now, if you just want your kids to practice words so that when he sees them he doesn't have to go through the whole sounding out process, then I would do an internet search for the "Ayers' list - it's the 1000 most commonly used words. But really, they need to learn the phonics rules that go with each word, so that when they come across new words (like sawyer), they can sound them out. Eventually, the sounding out process won't take so long and the words will flow off the tongue, but it takes a while to get there.