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What is the sight word method?  It is also called the whole word method and functions on the basis  that a word has a shap...
Principles:•   The objective is to achieve reading fluency –no fluent reader reads     letter by letter.•   Words have a s...
•   Plenty of repetition is needed.•   Write all sight words using the same colour marker (or children may    identify the...
Sight word method
Sight word method
Sight word method
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Sight word method

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Sight word method

  1. 1. What is the sight word method? It is also called the whole word method and functions on the basis that a word has a shape or a configuration, which can be used to recognise it or read it.Steps: • See the word • Say it • Point out the salient features • Highlight the look of the word • Use it • Define it • Write it Continued….. 1
  2. 2. Principles:• The objective is to achieve reading fluency –no fluent reader reads letter by letter.• Words have a shape. Use the child’s photographic memory to register the shape.• Choose words that are meaningful to the children.• They must be words that a child uses in his / her speech or encounters in his / her environment.• The size or the length of the word does not matter as long as the child can ‘identify’ with it.• Start with nouns and simultaneously moving on to verbs and adjectives. Continued….. 2
  3. 3. • Plenty of repetition is needed.• Write all sight words using the same colour marker (or children may identify the word by colour rather than shape)• Preferably write all sight words using only the print or Marion.• Richardson script (majority of reading is done in small lower case letters)• Do not ever spell the word letter by letter (then it is not whole word)• Build a text with some of the sight words.• The whole word method gives fluency and speed.• Children get confidence and feel that reading is easy. 3

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