There are so many things you can do with Sight Word/Alphabet Jewels. I wanted to share a bit of my process. . .
First, for emergent readers you MUST check LaDonna Wicklund's I Can Read Songs. I highly recommend these materials. She has a very engaging DVD with songs about sight words.
You will find on this site beginning readers with featured sight words.
I like to introduce the sight word and then have the child match the sight word jewel to the text. Visual discrimination is important with the introduction of sight words.
Not all children are ready for sight words. I do not introduce sight words until all letters and letter sounds are mastered.
This student is working on letter sounds and fluency.
I have him reach in and pull out a letter, tell me its sound – then place it in proper order.
I keep all of those emergent readers in a handy basket and record the children's progress in my data book.
Have a wonderful week!
In your last picture on this post, I see some nice organization going on! I really love the idea of using jewels in this way. I am wondering if you could tell me more about how your organize/track the children’s learning and what all you do with the gems. I want to try this out in my classroom!
There is SO much you can do with them. Here is a link to more ideas…this might get your creative juices flowing!