Does anyone have any other reading programs they've used to supplement school teaching?
I think I'm disillusioned from a tough time with DS1 (he has fallen under the "dyslexic" umbrella- but that's a whole other thread I suppose!) but now DS2 is in prep and bringing home sight words.
I know it's all got to be repetition and revision and whatnot, but how is drilling stupid single, words with no context into a five year old helpful?
The. Was. They. Is. It.
I hate sight words.
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30-05-2014 09:59 #1
I hate Sight Words...
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30-05-2014 10:09 #2Senior Member
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I guess so they know the word when they see it in books ect. Same with having pictures, if they struggle with the word they can look at the picture and work out what the word might be.
30-05-2014 10:10 #3
I have some free sight word apps on my phone that my preppie enjoys using.
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30-05-2014 10:16 #4
Just don't do them. I have never ever sat with my kids and gone through sight words. They will learn them through reading books to you. My 7 year old and twin 6 year olds are way ahead in their reading. Obviously lack of sight word lists has not harmed them.
30-05-2014 10:19 #5
yep - iphone apps.
I also found abc reading eggs AWESOME. the little books that you can buy that go with them are really great too.
30-05-2014 10:22 #6Senior Member
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Reading eggs is a good program on the computer or tablet.
When we do reading groups at school the kids don't just get high frequency words (sight words) as flash card type things - we play games using them. So HFW bingo, twister, fill in the blanks. You could easily do this at home to make it less repetitive and boring.
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30-05-2014 10:24 #7
I'm with ya! I need to learn to be patient and make it fun! We have done sight word bingo, snap with sight words and a few other I can't remember! They also have a few iPad apps for sight words!
30-05-2014 10:38 #8
I think they need to know their letters and sounds first. Then they have more success. My son has learnt to read so quickly using sight words, but I think schools need to vary their approaches when it obviously doesn't work for some kids.
Have you got a reading eggs subscription? That's always my suggestion. ;-)
30-05-2014 10:40 #9
Yep. Reading eggs is awesome my boys schools have had subs themselves for all the students its such a great programme.
30-05-2014 10:55 #10
I've found that the reading eggs is a terrible app on the ipad (I've also tried it via safari) constantly crashes. Mind you this was a free trial, I was considering buying but won't as I don't want to pay all that money for an app that doesn't work properly!
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