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The Power of Teaching Sight Words

I’ve talked about it in the past, but with a new homeschool year in full swing, I just gotta re-emphasize the power of teaching sight words. This is something that homeschooling parents either love or hate. I am more on the loving end because it offers me the ability to enhance my daughter (and younger kiddos) vocabulary.

I have spent a lot of time Googling the various lists of sight words, and even came up with my own resource that models after my IR3 method… but I have recently gotten the amazing opportunity to try one of the newest Sight Word Curriculas out there and I am amazed.

With a history involving almost ten years in the Early Childhood Development & Education field, I know a good resource when I see one. And not to be rude, there are a lot of not-so-good ones floating around, causing folks to spend (and lose) a lot of money. This is NOT the case with Grasshopper Academics’ Sight Word Curriculum.

What’s so good about it?

The Content Creator and Author, Natalie Cottrell, created a system based on the old-school method of teaching and learning sight words first. This system of 17 sight words:

  • incorporates every letter of the alphabet
  • includes three nouns that are not sight words but enable students to make sentences
  • allows children as young as 3 years old to EASILY master skills learned in kindergarten

Not only that, your child will be well on their way to identifying and printing all lowercase letters, recognizing common sight words, learning basic punctuation, and understanding basic sentence structure. From the parent-teacher perspective, introductory lessons for this curriculum are only ONE MINUTE long! (Yay!) They are so simple that anyone can conduct the lessons after reading the detailed steps in the complimentary curriculum guide.

Following Natalie’s guide has lead my daughter to not only sounding out and reading the sight words, but now writing them.

What do you get with this curriculum?

I have to be honest and admit that I wasn’t sure what to expect. Once the box came in the mail, I was shocked and excited! This curriculum came with:

  • 2 sets of flashcards with clear box
  • a writing board, dry erase marker and eraser
  • Lego labels
  • curriculum guide
  • carrying case (which is now used as my library book bag)
  • sight word book “The Fox Who Had to Have Jam” (shipped at later date but yours will come with it)

Simply put, this curriculum is making it easier to teach my preschooler (soon-to-be 4-year old daughter) and toddler (soon-to-be 2 ½ year-old son) how to read. Speaking of my littles, everything in this set is durable. The flashcards are nice and thick. The carrying case is the perfect size. The dry-erase board, marker, and eraser are great for little (and big) hands. And, I love the versatility of the carrying case (a big score for recycling mama).

Our Testimony

We started this curriculum just a few days after getting it in mail. As instructed by the Curriculum Guide, we started with the first set of four sight words. I am happy to say that my daughter is spelling and reading the first set after just a week and a half of doing the daily activity (which literally takes less than 5 minutes).

Our son is picking up on them too (you can hear him in the background of the video below, LOL)! Although I use a different set of flashcards with him to build his vocabulary, he still wants to do the sight words. He also now does his flashcards like his big sister – spell the word, say the word.

I am looking forward to incorporating the other steps to this curriculum:

  • more challenging concepts by building sentences with Legos
  • writing sentences on the writing board
  • reading a book that utilizes all 17 sight words

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What sets this curriculum apart?

If you have been skeptical about teaching sight words, confused on where to start, unsure of what words to begin with – then I highly recommend Grasshopper Academics Sight Word Curriculum. It takes the guesswork out of the who, what, where, when, how and gives you a peace of mind.

There is power behind teaching sight words to your kiddos! Using this curriculum eases the transition into levels that require reading (especially independently). It also minimizes common educational struggles. I promise that you will be empowered by the ability to teach your child to read, and your child will be confident with their newfound skills.

Check out more about this curriculum and order your set TODAY! You’ll be glad you did!

CHIME IN: Do you teach your kiddos sight words? If so, share some ways that you do it! I’d love to hear from you, so post your response in the comments. This also helps other readers know what others are doing.

Psst… check out our daughter using Grasshopper Academics’ Sight Word Curriculum!


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