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    My little girl is 5 and she can read her kindergarten sight words with ease. But when those same words are thrown in a book in sentence form, she can't "see" them any more.. She can sounds out the words and muddle through, but even on simple words she's known for a while, she has difficulty.

    I'm wondering if anyone has any tricks to help her; something that would let her realize the words on the flash cards are the same as the words in her books.

    I'm not overly concerned about her. She is rather clever, and learning well, but I figure every trick I can use to help her.

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    She is very young, so I'm glad you said you aren't overly concerned. It could be something as simple as the font used. It can take awhile to realize a Times New Roman "a" is the same as a printed letter a (which usually looks quite different).

    Have you tried holding a bookmark beneath the row she is reading? How about giving her a flashcard and having her find the matching word on the page of the book? Make a game of it! )

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    One way to help her is to ASK her to point out/or highlighter these sight words when reading with her. She can see the words on the flash cards are the same ones in the books. These words are most commonly used in English language, and they will appear again and again. So repetition is the key.

    There is a book Building a Vocabulary Powerhouse fun activities for 300 sight words. It is available on amazon. Each week has 10 sight words, with a different activity for a day . Check that out.

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    Hi Dave. I am a literacy specialist, early childhood educator, and tutor. It could be that your daughter recognizes the sight words in isolation, but those words hold no meaning for her. So, when she comes across them in a text, she does not recognize how they fit into the context. Words such as "the", "is", "an", etc. are very abstract and are only meaningful when used in a sentence. I suggest that when she is reading the words in isolation, model using them in sentences so that she can match the visual with how it is used in language. In addition, poetry is a great way to practice sight words in a meaningful way. Encourage her to highlight the words she recognizes so that she is not only getting more experience reading the words, but she is also seeing the words used in meaningful and creative ways. Good luck!

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    Very good and informative exchange .. Thank you!

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    Default Re: My daughter is having a problem with sight words and reading.

    Quote Originally Posted by dave05 View Post
    My little girl is 5 and she can read her kindergarten sight words with ease. But when those same words are thrown in a book in sentence form, she can't "see" them any more.. She can sounds out the words and muddle through, but even on simple words she's known for a while, she has difficulty.

    I'm wondering if anyone has any tricks to help her; something that would let her realize the words on the flash cards are the same as the words in her books.

    I'm not overly concerned about her. She is rather clever, and learning well, but I figure every trick I can use to help her.
    Turn the book upside down and encourage her to try it that way. Sometimes sideways to the left is better and sometimes sideways to the right. You may be surprised.....

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    Try different games! My students love matching games or they can also spell out the words when we go through them. You can also give them a spinner with some of the common frequency words and then every time they spin to that word they can color it on another coloring sheet. Hope these ideas help!

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    Quote Originally Posted by dave05 View Post
    My little girl is 5 and she can read her kindergarten sight words with ease. But when those same words are thrown in a book in sentence form, she can't "see" them any more.. She can sounds out the words and muddle through, but even on simple words she's known for a while, she has difficulty.

    I'm wondering if anyone has any tricks to help her; something that would let her realize the words on the flash cards are the same as the words in her books.

    I'm not overly concerned about her. She is rather clever, and learning well, but I figure every trick I can use to help her.
    Try "Endless Reader" on YouTube. It's a great fun program for kids K-2 grade and it really helped my son read in a fun way.

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    I ended up playing games with my daughter trying to help her out. I was a little worried and made a game for her to play. She started wanting to play the games and we were able to get her words at a pretty fast rate. Maybe plays some games and make sentences with them in it and she has to read the sentence to win the game.

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    With my daughter, I ended up having to play games with her to get her to learn her words. Different games worked different for her, but most importantly, she was engaged and eventually learned (and still learning) her words. Right now, she's wanting to go with fill in the blank games. maybe that could work for you, just with the word you want her to read.

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