Neshaminy Title I

Spotlight on Literacy: Sight Words

Dear Neshaminy Families,

Based upon our Title I Parent Survey results, parents asked for more opportunities to participate in on demand workshops. Neshaminy Title I Spotlight on Literacy is a series of mini workshops on demand that provide families with background knowledge, strategies and resources to support learners at home with reading and related areas. Each issue will focus on a specific area of literacy. You will learn the definition for the given skill and learn how or why it is important as it relates to reading. Additionally, one of our NSD reading specialists will model a skill related activity that you can try at home with your reader.

In this issue, Neshaminy SD Reading Specialist, Andrea Gansor, shares her expertise on sight words. Happy reading!


Kim Maurizi

Title I Reading Specialist

Sight Words: What are They?

Sight Words are words that appear frequently throughout texts that young readers should be able to recognize instantly. Some sight words are decodable while others are not; therefore, it is important that children memorize these high frequency words in order to be able to read more fluently. Sight words are also called High Frequency Words and include words like in, at, him, her, and (decodable) and the, what, who, come, as (not decodable).
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Sight Words: Why is knowing Them Important?

Sight words are important for young readers to know because they appear regularly throughout texts at all levels. Readers need to be able to identify these words quickly in order to read more fluently. Readers who can quickly identify sight words when reading can focus more on decoding more challenging words and making meaning from a text. (Iowa Reading Research Center)

Once a child learns to recognize and identify words on a sight word list, they will be able to read about 75 percent of the words in most children's literature and an even higher percentage in books designed for early readers. This makes learning to read sight words a high priority skill.

Sight Word Activites...

Spotlight on Literacy Sight Words

Word Walk:

Word Walk is an activity that incorporates movement while reading. Write your child’s sight words on index cards, then lay them out to make a pathway. Your child must walk the path while reading their sight words. If they make a mistake, they have to go back to the beginning and start again! Try this in the house, or outside using sidewalk chalk! See the video for directions and an example.

More Sight Word Resources!

**You may print resources and materials from the below links. Included in the description is the number of pages for print in each activity. If you do not have access to a printer, please email your Title I Reading Specialist for a print copy of the resource. Reading specialist contacts can be found at the end of the newsletter. In the email, be sure to provide the name of the activity, your child’s name and grade.
Word Land

This Candy Land style sight word game includes a game board and playing cards. You can write the sight words your child is learning on the blank cards that are provided.

Kindergarten Word List

Superkids memory words flashcards can be used to play Word Hunt, Memory or Word Walk. 9 pp.

First Grade Word List

Superkids memory words flashcards can be used to play Word Hunt, Memory or Word Walk. 21 pp.

Parent & Family Engagement Support

We have a Title I Reading Specialist available at each building to assist parents with supporting their child’s academic progress between home and school. One of the roles of the Title I Reading Specialist is that of a coordinator who provides opportunities for parents to participate in workshops and activities that will greatly benefit students. Also, the Title I Reading Specialist organizes and conducts, planning meetings with parents and volunteering opportunities that will help influence academic success. For more information, please contact the Title I Reading Specialist at your student's school:

NSD Title I Parent Handbook

Title I A. of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act provides financial assistance to school districts and schools with high percentages of children from families that may have various disadvantages. Read to find out more about Title I at NSD.

Neshaminy School District Title I

Please feel free to contact Michelle Burkholder, Director of Elementary Education, at any time with questions, concerns or suggestions regarding Neshaminy School District Title I.