Some of you have asked me if I teach sight words in Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and the answer is yes. The focus at the beginning of the school year for the TK student is letter matching. I do have the big Rainbow posted in my classroom and the students receive all sight word resources (e.g., flash cards, coloring rainbow, homework folder word list). Transitional kindergarten students are enrolled in a two year program and they have the two years to master the kindergarten standards. The curriculum of the first year, the TK year, is exposure to the kindergarten curriculum and they are not expected to master it. Although I cover the material, I certainly do not put the pressure of learning all those words on these 4 year olds. We typically focus mostly on the first four colors of the rainbow list.
As the TK teacher, I work hard on presenting the material in a different way, with a twist, if you will. My goal is to NOT have these little ones go through TWO years of the same program taught the same way. I have found that if I turn the sight word lesson into a bit of an art project, the stress is eliminated some what. Today we reviewed "I" and "can." Just getting the letters glued down in the correct order and not upside down was an ordeal for this group. I had to keep walking away because they continuously asked me to do it for them. Gaining independence is going to be a big struggle this year, I can already see that.
After we got the letters glued, I gave them markers to decorate them. We usually get a little more fancy with sequence and glitter paint but this group is not ready for that. We kept it simple today. By the way, this activity was done at the teacher center during workshop.
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