They did sounding out at DD's school - They did "letters and sounds" in conjunction with sight words in prep. She brought home a set of words and a set of sounds to learn and progressed through lists of sounds and lists of words. It was brilliant, she could read about 6 weeks after starting prep.
As to how they moved through the lists, I'm pretty sure they tested the kids regularly... DD used to be asked to be tested every day, not sure what happened with the less enthusiastic kids...
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24-05-2013 21:16 #11
24-05-2013 21:36 #12
I am a teacher of prep for many years and the reason we have sight words is because they can't be read phonetically eg 'the'. We used to send home the first 100 words and advised parents not to go home and make their kids learn them all in the one night but be aware that by the end of prep they need to know all of them. We tested them a few times a term but it was the parents who would put more emphasis on getting a new list.
We teach students various strategies to use to decode words so they don't rely on just one. Sounding out is one of the first strategies we teach in prep because most reading books at this level use simple words. The only reason a teacher might discourage a child to not use that strategy is when they are only relying on that one and will help them to try something else. You can't sound out every word and have had many students struggle with reading because of this.
Learning to read is such a complex skill and takes more than just sight words. Reading at home should always be fun and easy for the child. They should always be reading easier books for homework. Less headaches for parents. Sight words are just a very small part of the process and should not be seen as the only way teachers teach reading.
26-05-2013 06:55 #13
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