Teaching my son to read has been an completely different experience than teaching my daughter. It is so much less frustrating in some ways and more frustrating in others. Pretty much exactly like parenting.
One thing Ephraim has needed a lot more practice with than Raeca is sight words.
I recently had a short but really eye opening conversation with a teacher friend who used to teach grade one. He mentioned that the biggest factor he has seen play a role in reading is memory. According to him, kids with a better memory learn to read quicker.
This comment on memory was a huge light bulb moment for me. Raeca’s memory has always been AMAZING. She will remember things I forget, I often tell her to remind me of things. Ephraim on the other hand . . . his memory is not as great at this point. Raeca only needed to see non-phonetic words a few times before she knew what they were, while Ephraim still sounds out phonetic words he has seen numerous times.
This is definitely a matter of kids having different gifts and as a result Ephraim just needs to work harder at learning to read than Raeca did. So for him, sight word flashcards are helpful, the more he sees them the more they will stick in his memory.
I created these sight word cards awhile ago as a freebie before one of our homeschool bundle sales and meant to put them up here afterwards but as a result of my not-always-great memory, it’s taken me awhile to get to it. It wasn’t until I made the video walk through of our homeschool cart that I remembered.
I hope you can make use of the flashcards!
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