Here he is highlighting all "the" independently after shared reading.
One of my special education students raised his hand as high as it could, to find the word "the." This was completely unprompted. I had just begun my book introduction when he said, "Me know" and read the word.
This child had not been ready due to skill level and behaviors to learn the sight words. Well, after spring break, we began the journey of learning to read. Each week, I choose a word. We sing, write, and read the word. His aides or I give him tokens for reading the word during informal settings. This totally proves that he can do it! I was such a proud teacher today. I touched this child's life. I taught him to know that he is a reader. He can. For so much of his learning, he never knew that he could. Today, he learned that lesson; we are all readers!
Happy Learning and Teaching!