You Can Read!

You Can Read Sight Word Program



You Can Read! is a high frequency word program developed to help your younger reader master basic sight words.  I pulled together many ideas from various places, mostly my former Kindergarten teaching days, and put together a “program” to help myself stay on track with teaching high frequency words to Krash.  I do believe in mastering sight words {also known as high frequency words} while also learning phonics alongside of this.  You can see my full beliefs about teaching children to read here.  Many sight word printables are designed for children who learn to read a bit older and since Krash is 4 and I know some of you have kids who are ready {see reading readiness signs here} even earlier.  These printables were designed with younger children in mind, although older children will enjoy them too.

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I have been developing this for quite awhile now, but wanted to “test” it with Krash before I shared with you all.  I also had a good friend try the first set out with her 5 year old {he is about a year older than Krash}.  Both boys have thoroughly enjoyed the printables and I am thrilled to say that Krash has mastered the 1st 4 words and did NOT know them all before starting the week!

You can see all of the printables and more info about the program here on the You Can Read webpage. You will notice I am offering the printables for free.

You can also purchase a bundled option which includes many extras. See more info about purchasing access to this section here.

Each set will include the following information sheets, containing helpful information and even links.  Each printable is explained in a table of contents in case you forget what each one is for.

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Here is a journey through the many different printables he worked on throughout the week.

 

Slide16Connecting the matching words using a dry erase marker {sheet is in a heavy duty sheet protector}IMG_8873

 

 

Slide15Practicing writing skills while also connecting the matching words.  I had him read each word as he connected it.IMG_8932

 

 

Slide11He really liked these!  Each puzzle is cut into one part for each letter and I also provide a base page.  You can print and laminate the base page once and reuse it for all of the lessons.  He LOVED doing these!IMG_8967

IMG_8972On another day he did the puzzles in his mini pocket chartIMG_9533

 

 

Slide17This activity was anther BIG hit with Krash.  I gave him the 4 basic dry erase colors and explained the concept to him.  He had to use a particular color {indicated at the top of the sheet} to circle each specific word.  A few of the fonts confused him a bit-but that’s the point! He did about 99% of the entire thing independently.IMG_9437

 

 

Slide9I wasn’t sure if he would enjoy Play Doh words, but he did! Play Doh Words

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Slide19Pac Man helped him with his sentence search one day.  The idea is to see the words within a sentence and be able to isolate them by circling them.  A helper reads the entire sentence and the child locates the words.IMG_9491

 

 

Slide18He struggled with this at first, but Pac helped him and he grasped the concept quickly!IMG_9496

 

 

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Here he is tracing his words.  These are laminated.  I cut the strip on the far left into individual word cards and we will be using these as flashcards to review each week and for his new word wall {details in next week’s post!}.IMG_9367

 

 

Slide13He LOVED word Bingo!!!!  This is a very simple BINGO version, so the child can “win” quickly!IMG_9382

 

 

Slide21Coloring the books based on the word inside if the book…IMG_9342

Yes, Krash did all of the printables, but I created many options so that you can choose!  Figure out which ones your child enjoys and only do those!  If your child hates coloring, don’t do the Color By Word page.  If your child loves Word BINGO-do it every day!!  The idea is to expose high frequency words in a fun way!

The units are presented in a suggested order, but it is NOT necessary to go in order as they do not build upon each other.  I did this so classroom teachers and homeschool teachers can choose the units that would most benefit their kids at a certain time!

I also provide a sheet giving more suggested ideas to help make learning these words fun.Slide22Here is a variation of one of the ideas I suggest in action…

I wrote this on the board and asked Krash to erase the wrong answers, leaving only the correct spelling of the word see.

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I also offered a little fun incentive, 1 fruit snack for each correct answer!  He LOVED this!!!IMG_9565

 

In addition to the printables included in this program, we are also using my sight word color by number cards too.  I will be creating new color by number cards to correspond with the units also, so more will be added to that section as we get to those units!

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One final note-this is NOT a complete teach your child to read program, just to make that clear.  It is just a fun way to integrate sight words into your child’s reading program.  I still suggest all of the things in my How to Teach a Child to Read post.  I still use the base Calvert Reading program with Krash and just supplement with this!  You can easily use these printables alongside of any other reading program you might be using.

Easy Links…

The main You Can Read! webpage {download  free files}

You Can Read! Bundle {bundled format PLUS many extras}

Helpful Products…

 

 

 

Kindergarten Plans for Krash

I have gotten a few emails recently asking about our Kindergarten plans, and it is about time I share our plans with you!  We are not fall grade starters, but move up when they are ready.  Krash is ready and we actually just began Calvert Kindergarten, while also finishing up his last few RRSP lessons.

Why both?  Well, we get Calvert through our state Cyber School for free {info here in this FAQ post, and here} and I used it with Pac Man and know what to expect.  I supplement a lot of my own stuff, but use Calvert as the base.  Pac Man began Calvert K right around this time {when he was almost 5-their birthdays are both in spring} and has done really well.  I want to finish our RRSP units, even though Krash has “grown out of” much of it.  I still want to do the Bible applications and finish it to completion! 

Transition Plans…

I plan to do simple posts for the last few RRSP letters, basically so new users can see each letter in action with a blog post.  Krash is no longer doing any additional preschool letter work based around the unit as he was.  His supplemental work is now coming from his K program and also a new sight word program I developed for him {MANY details coming in a couple of weeks}.

I plan to start sharing “Kindergarten with Krash” posts every couple of weeks to keep you posted on what he is doing. 

While we are in the transition phase of completing RRSP and beginning Kindergarten-I will try to do both blog posts.  We have 6 RRSP units left to complete and I may actually do 2 per week, because he has really advanced beyond the program for the most part.  We are only doing a few components currently.

If we wouldn’t have skipped so many weeks of RRSP {vacations, other focus themes, and some laziness on my part} we would be finished with RRSP by now and the timing would be perfect, but for a few weeks we will overlap and he won’t even know the difference-it’s all just school to him!

Identifying Upper and Lowercase Letters ~ PowerPoint Show

I have a new PowerPoint show available in the Members Only section, focusing on identifying upper and lowercase letters. There is a slide for each letter like this…Upper Lowercase ABCs a

It pops up just like that and you have your child identify the upper case letter in the box and the object, to touch on beginning sounds {although that is not the focus of this show}. 

Then ask your child to show you the matching lowercase letter, in this case, “where is the lowercase a?”  After your child points to it, you begin clicking through and the wrong letters begin to disappear until only the lowercase a is left.  In this fashion, it is self correcting and encouraging, focusing on the RIGHT answer in a simple and exciting way for a younger child.  If your child got it wrong, you can correct in a fun and positive way!

After that slide there is a basic slide as shown below, to give your child one more view of the upper/lowercase letters together for reinforcement.Upper Lowercase ABCs b

 

You can access this show in the Members Only section of my website.  If you are not a member already, you can learn more info here.  See what is in the Members Only section now and what is coming soon here!1 members only2

CVC Words ~ PowerPoint Sow

This is a PowerPoint show that breaks down simple 3 letter CVC words. Words included: cat, dog, bus, web, bed, hat, pig, fan, rat, pen. Target audience would be beginning readers who are just learning to segment sounds in words. Simple CVC WordsEach letter appears individually to emphasize each sound. Then the word blends and with a click the image appears to self correct the student!

Here is a simple video of me walking you through part of the show as I do it with Krash. Forgive my very unprofessional video making skills.

See more about joining the Members Only section here.1 members only2[4]

See specific details about what exactly is included and what is coming soon here.

Bob Books for Krash!

imageWe did not use Bob Books with Pac Man, simply because I had so many other early readers, I never bought them. I got a set of 5 boxes of Bob Books {they are the older box style but the books are the same} at a consignment sale last spring for $5 {I know, amazing deal} not really thinking much of them. I just put them on a shelf along with our other early readers…knowing Krash wasn’t ready yet.

He is ready now and has been showing the signs of wanting to learn to read. I believe in waiting for this instead of forcing instruction for my children and instead trying to instill a love of reading and a desire to learn to read. He recently began to show an interest and we have slowly been working on it more and more. I have added things gradually to his school routine, to foster this development. If you have seen my Behind the Scenes: How Do I Teach My Child to Read? post you know I don’t believe in pushing a child to read, just following along gently and encouraging the development!

I noticed the Bob Books up on my shelf and decided to grab the first set for Krash and boy am I glad I did, he LOVES them!!!!! IMG_6837

I had no idea something so simple would be the turning point for him. He went from showing some interest to actually reading and asking to be taught even more! He is even wanting to show off his new reading skills, of course lounging in our big bean bag!IMG_6847

Not only did we discover the books, we also discovered the Bob Books iPod App!!! It is awesome and he LOVES it!

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So, in case you are looking for some great early readers, I say go for Bob Books! The other early readers we have are great too, but I am happy to add Bob Books to our collection! Bob Books certainly aren’t literary works of art ;-) but I do believe they are just right for some kids!

You all know me, some printables to accompany the words he is learning are bound to come in the future, so stay tuned! I have already started a simple PowerPoint show too!