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Ketha02
Ketha02 , Parent asks:
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My daughter is in Kindergarten and her teacher says she's "Not Meeting Expectations" in reading and recognizing sight words. What should I do?

In Topics: Helping my child with reading
> 60 days ago

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Oct 26, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

It’s a good idea to set up a meeting with your daughter's teacher. Talk to her about the reading skills she expects your daughter to have at this point in the school year. Ask if she has any suggestions for what you can do to work with your daughter at home. Next, find out if there's a reading specialist at your daughter's school. If there is, set up a meeting with him or her to talk about the teacher's concerns and what resources the school has to help students with reading difficulties.

At home, make reading together a daily activity. Pick simple books that will be relatively easy for your daughter’s current reading abilities.  You want to be sure she’s having fun, so pick books that will keep her interested.  

To help your daughter with sight words, make a "sight word of the day." Pick one of the sight words and help your daughter find that sight word in every instance you can: in magazines, in books, at the grocery store, on signs, etc. After she is able to identify the sight words, make flash cards so you can practice them until they becomes automatic.

As you work with your daughter with these reading skills, she will hopefully begin to catch up and start meeting the expectations in her classroom.

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Patrick08
Patrick08 writes:
You can ask the teacher for advice on how to deal with this.  My guess is that a little extra practice at home may help.  Luckily there are some resources on Education.com that can provide ways to do additional sight word practice.

Check out these pages

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lynellen
lynellen writes:
After you talk with her teacher, you may want to have her eyes checked to make sure she can see clearly and also to see if her eyes are "teaming" together for smooth tracking across the page.  

Can she recognize the sight word if you call the word out and she  points to it or does she have difficulty when left on her own to remember the word and what it looks like?  Does she do better if the sight word is larger in print or printed on a different colored paper?  Things to think about........
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icanspell
icanspell writes:
Hi Ketha, practising at home will make all the difference to your daughter's reading. Children expericence far greater success at school when parents and grandparents are involved in their children's reading and homework. For learning how to read and spell sight words, we use these fun spelling and reading workbooks starting from kindergarten all the way through primary school. www.icanspell.co.uk . My pupils are now able to write with so much more confidence, and it's fun!
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