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What are the rainbow words for pre k, and are they all the same?

Asked by "happy mom" in commenting on the article, "Kindergarten Graduation": http://www.education.com/magazine/article/kinde...
In Topics: Kindergarten readiness, Helping my child with reading, Preschool
> 60 days ago

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BarbK
Jun 2, 2010
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What the Expert Says:

I'm not exactly sure, but I think it has something to do with learning sight words.  There is a kit out there call Rainbow Words and works with the Open Court reading series.  Basically, students learn their sight words as they are put on the colors of a rainbow.  Below is a link to the product, but it looks easy enough to make yourself.

Sight words are those words most commonly found in text that usually can't be sounded out - ones you want children to recognize automatically.  There is the Dolch and Fry word lists.  (Links provide below.)

As for learning these words in preschool, I would hesitate pushing any child to learn them at this age.  The earliest these words are introduced is Kindergarten.  A preschooler's eyesight is still developing.

Hope that solves the mystery.
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