This lesson was originally given after a long summer break. After four days of my summer conundrum method (where we began rereading through the books we had previously mastered), I realized that it wasn’t going to go as smoothly as I anticipated. I doubted whether she needed quite this much review. She was bored and irritated by reading books she had read before. That was when I realized that most of what she had forgotten was the sight words rather than the basic letter sounds. With that in mind, I spent an evening flipping through my Sight Words: Kindergarten books. I realized that the first few books were exactly what we needed.
We could get back into the groove, while still reading new material! The added benefit is that A. would be able to continue adding books to her 100 Books Chart. In fact, I realized that one of the reasons she was a little resistant to rereading the books (besides the fact that I broke my own cardinal rule and let reading lessons stretch out to 20 minutes in length) was because it didn’t help her work toward her trip with Daddy, which is a big motivation for her.
For those of you going through the lessons, but not taking a break, you might still want to consider the fact that these first few sight word books fit nicely with the child’s reading ability at this point. If it seems like a big jump to take your child to the -ow blend (which is what happens in Set 2, Book 4), you could skip to these few sight word book lessons, and then return to the regular set.
- Review sounds: short-a, b, c, d, short-e, f, g, h, short-i, j, k, l, m, n, short-o, p, r, soft-s, hard-s, t, short-u, v, w, x, y, z
- Review sight words: A, a, The, the, to, so, O.K., for, or, pink, zoo, into, was, car, do, now, saw, ow, wow, bow
- Read: Kindergarten Set, Book 1 (“Mat Hid”) all
And that’s all.
She did so well, it seemed silly to read it again. At this point, the book is totally and completely review. If you student stumbles on it, by all means break it up into more lessons, or read through it twice.
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