Sight Words are words learning disabled students memorize to speed up their reading. They are easily recognized words that are easily recognized according to an online site. The more words they see and understand as their eyes dart across a page of print, the less tiresome it will be for them to read. Once, in years gone by, this was the way everyone learned to read. Then phonics came upon the scene and the sound of the word became even more important than the sight of the word.
This web sites states that sight words are taught in many ways and that “about fifty percent of the words in any given text will be sight words.” These of course may be less for learning disabled students.
That was great for children who had no learning problems, but not all the students could manage the latest reading method. So, the good old-fashioned memorizing method was revamped and voila! a new learning method was given a new name, and a whole new purpose, that of helping lagging students learn how to read. Many of these students managed to get by the first few grades without really knowing how to read but by the fifth or six grade no more guess work and no getting by. If they could not read now they were doomed to failure.
The sight words are words that are immediately recognized. One hundred should be easily recognized by the end of the first grade, and three hundred by the end of the second grade and after that their vocabulary should be limitless. According to how much they practice because repetition is the key to learning by this method. Just like learning the multiplication tables, no matter how you learn them, its plain old memorizing. Nothing else will work.
But, of course, there’s more to it than that. These words must be given a high-sounding purpose and housed in Reading Success Laboratories where success can be adequately measured and where any resemblance to how grandma and grandpa learned to read, if they did, must be buried forever.
The experts advise, to make reading easier, dyslexic and attention deficit students to collect as many words as they can. In other words vocabulary building, and that’s been going on for centuries. But in this modern method of sight reading, there is no need to bother with the ‘old fashioned method of sounding out the word’ the idea is to learn to know it by sight.
The method to these new learning tools is how the sets of ‘skill builder modules’ are used. The first set is a ‘comprehensive diagnostic assessment’ to see where the weakness is and from there the appropriate sets are prescribed for the particular learning difficulty. Just like X box games, they are on levels. The first level must be conquered and then on to the next and so on. Regular evaluations and then its on to a lifetime of normal reading. Another good place to learn about sight words is at the reading success lab.