Sight Words in an Early Childhood Classroom – To Teach or Not to Teach?

Teaching sight words is a contentious issue in the early childhood education field. There are many districts today that mandate the teaching of dozens of sight words in pre-k and 100 or more in kindergarten. We loved University of Virginia’s Dr. Marcia Invernezzi’s responses to the questions posed to her about sight word instruction on the “Ask a Researcher” page of the International Reading Association’s website, posted on October 9.

Her response to the question, “Should we be teaching 100 sight words to kindergarteners?” “Drilling kindergarteners with high-frequency words on flashcards is unlikely to support the development of their sight word vocabulary. In fact, it’s likely to do more harm than good.”

Read the whole article here.

Authored by Jordan Khadam-Hir, Rice University School Literacy and Culture
This entry was posted in Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s