Saturday, June 30, 2012

Hello Kinder friends!
I'm Hadar from Miss Kindergarten and I'm super excited to be guest blogging for Heidi during the Blog Hop and Swap! Kindergarten is truly the best place to be :)

 One of my favorite subjects to teach in Kindergarten is reading. The reading improvement that you see as a kindergarten teacher is just amazing! Our reading program focuses on decoding, high frequency words and sight words. I use the terms high-frequency words and sight words interchangeably, but I recently discovered that there is a difference! {It takes me a little while sometimes! lol} High-frequency words are words that you see frequently in text {makes sense!}. They're not necessarily difficult to decode, but they should be automatic since they are seen so often. Sight words are words that children need to know by sight because they don't match the phonics rules. There's usually a "tricky part" in these words. I also have referred to them as brain words before.

I created some fun sight word {and high frequency word} writing practice to use with the 18 words introduced in Houghton Mifflin. Each week I introduce a new word and we study the tricky remembering part of the word. Here is a sample of the cards I use with the "tricky part" highlighted. 
I present our new sight word on my handy dandy sign on the first day I teach it:
 You can download this sign {here}
Graphics by 3am Teacher {love her!}

When I teach a tricky part I would say something like "I have to remember its a capital I" or for the word "see", "I have to remember the extra e". We review the flashcards several times on day one.

On day two, we review the new word and the tricky parts and then practice writing them on this sheet:

On the third day we use the word in a scrambled sentence.

I have the students cut on the blue line and then cut the words apart. Then they unscramble the words and put them in the correct order using the capital letter and periods as clues. Once it's in the correct order, they read the sentence. 
Then they make a silly sentence by scrambling the words again. They read their silly sentence to me and point to each word as they read it. This is a great way to practice reading the actual words and not relying on the clues from the sentence to help decode.
Then they unscramble the sentence again, this time gluing it on the bottom of the page in order.
Write the sentence on the line and draw a picture to match.

My favorite thing about Houghton Mifflin is that they teach the sight words so that they build on each other. So when I am teaching the word "my" we're also practicing using "I" and "see". Love it!

We also use our sight words in journal writing on Thursdays and usually review all of our sight words on Fridays.

I created two sight word packets for my students.
This one includes the 18 Houghton Mifflin high frequency words:

and I made another one with other words that I found my students needed help spelling through the year:

You can purchase both of these packets at my TpT store.
You can also download some freebies to try out with your class by downloading the free preview.

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  1. Oops, I guess I never really knew the difference between sight words and high frequency words either. It does make total sense and it also explains why Treasures has a word like "sparkled" as one of their high frequency words. Every time I'm teaching that to the kids, I'm just shaking my head thinking that's not a sight word and now I know ....IT ISN"T! ha

    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher
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  2. Great post Hadar! I love how you highlight parts of the word to help students learn them. I also really like how you incorporate your sight words/HFW into various activities so students are continually exposed to it!
    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. I love seeing that amazing growth in reading too! Thanks for sharing your HF word packets. They're on my TPT wishlist! THanks, Hadar!
    First Grade Found Me

  4. I enjoyed reading about how you teach sight words. I am always looking at ideas for how to do it better.

    Grade School Giggles

  5. I enjoy reading posts on reading and how skills build upon another! Thanks for your ideas!
    Conversations in Literacy

  6. I'm loving this blog hop. I just found your blog and I'm your newest follower. My blog is frog themed also! :-)

    2nd Grade Pad