Basic Sight Words
Reading is one of the most important skills a child will ever learn. However, this skill does not come easy for students with moderate/severe disabilities.
I have been using the Edmark Reading Program with my students, and I love it! They have been making a lot of progress. Some of my students use the computer software, whereas others use the paper version of the program. This is due to the fact, that they have difficulties navigating the mouse or using the touch screen.
I personally love the software because it tracks and keeps your data current without any problems.
I noticed that some of the students that worked through the Edmark series struggled when they were required to read the words learned out of context.
This got me to try a couple of things, and I realized that they had not generalized the words. This led me to create flash cards for them. I typed each word with 6 different fonts to help them generalize the word. I used upper case, lower case, and mixed cases. The back side of the card has a picture of the word, just to help them self correct if they flip the card.
One of my students was able to read the first 20 words in any order without any problems. Then I switched the font and this student all of the sudden struggled reading the words.
This showed me how important it is to switch it up a bit for my students. I want them to be able to recognize these basic sight words in any context. This will make them feel successful and excited about learning.
I cut out all of the cards, folded them, laminated them, and cut them again. It was a lot of work, considering that we are talking about 150 words, but this will last for years to come.
If you are interested in a copy of this, you can find it HERE.