Shared Reading and Teaching Sight Words

How do you teach reading? I was trained in the "old school" method of to, by, and with for reading and writing.  Children need opportunities to be read to, read by themselves, and read with one another.  Shared reading is an important component of my reading program; especially for young, emergent readers.   I often use our shared reading text to teach sight words in context.  This year I am finding it practically difficult to find books that cover our 3 to 5 Dolch words.  (Our language arts adoption is antiquated an only teaches 1/4 of the words we will teach.  Talk about helpful. NOT!) It has lead me to create books for our class to read.

Here is a look at what we are reading.

I am not sure if you would be interested in purchasing these for your classroom.  If you are, leave me a comment and I will upload them to my Teachers Notebook Shop.   I would love to hear any more suggestions about how to teach sight words in context.  What do you do?  

Happy Teaching and Learning!


  1. Those look great! I use some Scholastic Sight Word Readers...and our reading series does a pretty good job with stories that use them. But it is still a struggle for some kids.
    First Grade Blue SKies

  2. I am old-school too... I am always having to write books for my kiddos. Yours look great.. I am going over to take a peek! Thank you for sharing,

  3. They look great. I got on here today purposefully looking for ideas for my low firsties who are still having trouble with basic sight words. I may have to make some of my own too (and use some of yours). Do you do it in word?
    Lessons Learned

  4. I love your books that you have made. I haven't tried making any of my own for my kids, but I'm very lucky in the fact that our school has a lot of resources. Our library has a ton of guided reading books we can check out and our reading curriculum has decodable books that have the sight words in them. The only downfall is that they can't take the books home. That's where I have to make copies from places like Reading A to Z. That can use up my copy allowance quickly or my ink at home! LOL!! I would love to see more of your books! Thank you for sharing.

  5. Very cute, Sylvia! If I weren't already in love with making my own stuff, I would buy them for my own class!
    Heidi Butkus

  6. These books look very appropriate and of high interest to kinders. I hope you decide to upload them for sale. :o)

  7. Thanks for the positive feedback. They are now at my Teachers Notebook Shop.

  8. Thank you for placing these in your shop!

    And, thanks for stopping by my blog this morning. I will be praying for your mom! :-)Chrissy



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