Letter Sound and Sight Word Information for Parents

All instructional techniques are based on The Three Habits of Highly Successful Reading Teachers by Megan Milani

Letter Sound Chants

Please notice:

  • As you chant the sound, you point first to the Uppercase letter, then the lowercase letter, and finally the picture
  • The adult says each sound twice and then turns their voice off as the child says the sound alone
  • The sound for /P/, /T/, /W/, and /Y/ may be different than you are used to

Sight Word Reading

Please notice:

  • We always say we are 'reading' the list, NOT chanting
  • Start at the top and read through the list in order
  • Read the list with your child two times
  • The third time, let your child read the list alone as you or he/she points

Transferring Sight Words While Reading Examples
In class we use highlighting tape (available at most office supply stores) to highlight the sight words in big books and poems. You can do this at home, but it's not necessary.

The child finds the word in the poem or book, then finds the word on the sight word list, finally she read down to the word. This child doesn't start from the beginning, she is able to start a few words up from the target word. Some children are ready for this and others need to start at the very beginning - either way is just fine!

The first student finds the word 'And' while 'and' starting with a lowercase is on the list. The teacher points out the word is the same. The second child starts reading from the second column since the word is in that column.

The teacher asks about the difference between the two words - one has a capital letter and the other does not, but the word are the same!

The child finds the word and then uses highlighting tape to visually show it in the poem. This step isn't necessary - your child can simply point out the word with a finger or can use almost anything to point at words.

This child starts about five or six words before the word found.