This week, we learned the sight words ‘look’, ‘and’, and ‘at’.
Mother Goose Time sends I Can Read! books that are easy and predictable for the students. They know the pattern of the story and can easily follow along and guess what each sentence says by looking at the picture on the page.
This months I Can Read! book is called Look! Its pictures feature familiar nursery rhyme characters. The students loved reading this story.
The Teacher Plan Book suggests circling the sight word ‘look’ on each page. I decided to try this with the students to assess whether they understood a word. I was curious to see if they would circle the whole word or individual letters.
A few of them circled the whole sentence. And a few of them circled every single word on the page. I could easily see that I needed to go back and do a mini lesson on words and what a word is versus a whole sentence. But, they are only 3 and 4 after all, so I thought they did really well. About half of them only circled the word ‘look’ on each page and were excited that they could read that word.
If I would of had more time, I would of found books with the word ‘look’ in it and had students search for the word in the books.
I love that these easy to read, predictable books give the students confidence in reading. They are able to pretend to read, which is awesome! As they ‘read’, they are pointing to the words and connecting what the word looks like to what it sounds like. They are seeing what the letters are in each word. They are seeing that words are made up of letters. They are hearing that words are made up of those letter sounds.
I think it is important to remember that every child is different and every child learns differently and at different times. Any exposure to books, words, and letters is helping them prepare for the day that they learn to read for themselves.
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