All written material consists of a high proportion of common words referred to as high frequency words. The 100 most common words make up approximately half of all the material we read, with the 25 most common words making up about a third. Because many of these high frequency words are not phonetically regular (i.e., the, was, one, are, to, is, look, etc.), they must be memorized. When a core of basic sight words has been committed to memory, children read more fluently and with greater comprehension. Once sight words have been memorized, readers use phonetic strategies, picture and context cues to decode the unknown words in a text. Reading becomes more fluent because one does not have to decode every word. In many classrooms, children are taught to immediately recognize (sight read) these so-called “sight” words without needing to decode them. Our Eyewords products will help your reader master the sight words and propel them into developing strong reading fluency.
Eyewords card sets include all words from the Dolch Preprimer and Primer Lists along with the top words in Fountas and Pinnell’s Benchmark Assessment List 1, Fry’s Instant Word List, and the Fast Forward List. Each card is double sided. On the first side, a word is embedded with a contextual picture. On the reverse side the same sight word is written in plain text and a meaningful auditory phrase is provided, along with a kinesthetic action. Also included is an activity sheet providing a set of play-based reading games. The visual contextual picture, auditory phrase along with kinesthetic actions and play based games together create our multi-sensory approach to the learning of these high frequency words.
When introducing a new Eyeword it is important to show the word with the embedded picture first, as well as saying the auditory cue out loud. In addition, using a kinesthetic motion, or introducing the Eyeword through an activity game will also help to reinforce its acquisition. This way the child is able to contextualize the word rather than just looking at the letters.