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Posted on March 15, 2015 7:32 pm
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Sight Words
I teach kindergarten and sight words are an important part of our instruction. We must have the support of our parents to keep this going. We try to help each child reach the 100 sight word club but many students do not have the help at home they need. It is a difficult problem. It is not fair to the students when it is their parents that are not helping them. How can we motivate our parents to study nightly?
 
     
     
 
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Posted March 15, 2015 8:03 pm

Haley
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I have experienced the same problem with students not learning sight words. I have had to seek out older siblings and beg them to help students with their sight words at home. The best solution I have found thus far is to incorporate sight words into classroom practices everyday. I have cut outs of hands at each door with a sight word written on the door. Students "high five" the sight word and say the word when the enter and exit the classroom. I also teach phonics in small groups and incorporate 5 sight words per week in these groups. I have just had to look at the problem with sight words as one that has to be addressed within the school building, parents are not technically responsible for helping students meet sight word standards, although help at home is ideal. Best of luck!
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Xunezu
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Your solution is a great one! It's important to find time during the day to explicitly teach students about sight words. We can encourage parents and siblings to help, but that doesn't guarantee that they will.
  Posted on: March 15, 2015 8:31 pm

Kady Schlemmer
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This is a very thorough solution. It is very helpful.
  Posted on: July 9, 2016 6:07 pm

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Solution 2
Posted March 15, 2015 9:55 pm

emazag
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Enlist the students' help. If the students are motivated to learn the words maybe they will go home and ask their parents to help them learn the words. Reward your students when they reach smaller goals. The 100 club is a great idea but hard for some younger students to reach, make the goal smaller and maybe they will be more motivated to get parental help.
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Kady Schlemmer
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Good idea. Having smaller goals makes it feel more attainable. Maybe once the whole class gets to 100 oh can have a party to celebrate the achievement!
  Posted on: July 9, 2016 6:08 pm

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Posted March 16, 2015 1:42 am

J SJ
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I might try to motivate the student to study even if the parents aren't helping. Make flash cards for the student. He or she can ask a sibling to study with her (or him). If you take the responsibility away from the adult and let the student try, the parent might come around and help!
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Posted March 16, 2015 12:48 am

atuTyL
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In my classroom, I have a most supportive parent award. Based on the data from the assessment of the sight words, parents can win a $5 gift card to Walmart. I know it is not much, but parents are competitive and love winning.
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Posted October 1, 2015 10:47 am

Sutede
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Active participation of a parent in their child's education is desired and optimal for a students successful achievement of goals in many cases. Unfortunately, that is one of the many factors that as teachers we cannot control in our student's lives. What we can control is the strategies, interventions, and methodology in our teaching to help those students who have little or not parental involvement in their child's education. A kindergartner can be given ownership of their learning process but not on a large scale. It is best to incorporate an Instructional Aid into the classroom to work with small groups on reinforcement of the sight words. The use of flashcards, picture cards, and even playing sight word Bingo will not only provide an element of fun in the classroom but reinforces sight word usage and activities.

Regarding the parents, continue to communicate with them the importance of working with their child at home in order to attain mastery. Encourage the student to ask their parents for help; sometimes this is the catalyst that is needed for parents to realize that it is a team effort in educating their child.
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Posted March 3, 2018 3:52 pm

Chelsea Navarro
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You don't know what their home life is. Some parens may work night shifts and are unable to study with their students. I would maybe request a phone conference, or a face-to-face conference with some of the parents in order to show the strides, and improvements needed for their child. I would provide the parens with a copy of the sight word list and maybe break the words down into groups with dates they should master them by. I would write everyday in the planner "study sight words" as a gentle reminder. You could also send home a letter to all parents with the request for them to practice sight words with their children and a list of activities to enhance the learning at home. Maybe street signs, or menus at restaurants, have the children point out various sight words as they see them. EXPOSURE EXPOSURE EXPOSURE :)
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