The first time I heard that a child’s brain is 90% developed by the time they turn five and that the knowledge they gain in the early years lay the neurological foundation for intellectual growth into adolescence and adulthood,
I was determined to figure out a way to accelerate the learning process so they were reading by the age of five. As a teacher, I knew the importance of teaching sight words so my students could learn to read fluently, allowing them to focus their efforts on the more mentally demanding task of reading comprehension.
I knew that as much as 75% of all reading texts are made up of sight words. And if 75% percent of all reading texts are made up of these words, then these are the words I need to introduce before the child turns 5.
Productivity expert and NYT bestselling author, Tim Ferriss, has popularized the 80/20 rule as a way to learn quickly. This 80/20 rule states that for many events, roughly 80% of the effects come from 20% of the causes.
Tim Ferriss uses this approach when learning a language by asking, what are the 20% of the words that are used 80% of the time?
My secret’s out… it was with this knowledge, that the Preschool Readers program was developed (although this is the how…this is thewhy). Recognizing high-frequency words by sight involves memorization, which comes most easily through repetition. Students need to read high-frequency words as often as possible.
At Preschool Readers, we use a variety of hands-on, multisensory, literacy-rich games and activities to engage your child in a FUN approach to learning sight words. Your child is then left with their own copy of sight word books to read repeatedly.
(have you heard about our SPLASH INTO READING summer sessions? We're making reading FUN this summer with sight word water balloons, water guns, beach balls, fishing for sight words... the list goes on!)
On this #tbt I thought I’d include a video of a Preschool Readers graduate reading her sight word fluency phrases.
Happy reading, Lisa
P.S. Not enrolled in the Preschool Readers program but looking for a way to work with your child on their sight words? Our workbooks are great for any child learning sight words!
Phase 1 Workbook includes all of the pre-primer and half of the primer sight words. Phase 2 Workbook includes the rest of the primer sight words and all of the first- grade sight words. Phase 3 includes all second and third grade sight words.
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