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
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