Sight words are those tricky little words in English that we learn almost entirely by listening to the language spoken. But for people learning a second language they need to be memorized. Examples are: look, I, make, see, come, help, my, in and it (and about 30 more that very young children learn). The computer program we are using with the DIF School kids, Little Reader from Brillkids, lists these in every lesson. There is no picture to attach to them but they are essential for speaking, reading and writing.
So this week we began Sight Words in ernest. The volunteers each had a list and asked each child to say the words and write them in both English and Spanish in their notebooks three times. These were all new words to them but we felt we needed to introduce them so that speech could begin rather than simply reciting the vocabulary words they have learned. We made Sight Word Wheels that spin to reveal a new word and passed the wheel around the table for the kids to take a spin and say the new Sight Words.