Frequently Asked Questions
For what age and grade level is Sight and Sound Reading?
Sight and Sound Reading is for children who are ready to read, or are reading. (This is usually around age 4 through 3rd grade). Here is a link of how you can test your child for reading readiness. Generally, the child recognizes letters and some sounds. It is not essential for them to recognize letters and sounds because Sight and Sound reading reinforces these skills -but, generally, students will hit a milestone where they can easily learn letters, sounds and words. Once they have achieved this milestone, your student is ready to read. If you find your student is not picking up reading quickly, keep trying again in a few weeks – until you find they are ready. The videos teaching the letters and sounds may be helpful to use with students before they are ready to read sight words.
For students who may already be reading, but struggling to keep up with peers, Sight and Sound Reading can help supplement their reading, making them confident, grade level readers. When the student can fluently read all sight words used in the Sight and Sound Reading Program, the student will be confident at reading at a 3rd grade level.
The children seem to just memorize words, what about phonics?
Yes, the children are memorizing the words. But, by memorizing the words, the students are able to gain confidence through reading. As the children see they can read, they quickly pick up on phonics, reading comprehension, spelling and punctuation. The Sight and Sound reading program helps in teaching both sight words, and phonics, reading comprehension, spelling and punctuation. Eighty percent of the words children read are sight words that should not be sounded out by phonics. The sight words should be memorized. If the children know these words fluently, they will be able to read fluently.
Do I have to start the program from the beginning?
No! If your student is already reading, he/she may start the program in the middle. Here is a link on how to tell on which day to start. Each day we will post more videos and materials to this blog, however, all videos can be found at our youtube channel.
Do I have to do the program everyday to be successful?
No. The Sight and Sound Reading program is a 120 day program…it was built so that it could be completed during a school year. If you can’t visit the videos every day, visit when you can. What is most is important is that you make sure your student is reading fluently (quickly and confidently) the words that they have learned. If your student struggles with a word – stay on that word for a few days. Keep watching that one video, or watch the practice and games videos. Review earlier videos to help practice some more. Make some flashcards, etc -practice, practice, practice – and then come back and learn a new word when your student is ready.
Is Sight and Sound Reading just for home-school help?
No, you can use Sight and Sound Reading to help your reader in many different ways. It can be used as a summer tutor to help a struggling reader. It can be used to jump start learning of a beginning reader before school even begins. It can help English language learners, and students with other special needs. It can be used to help you teach your child to read. The children can learn phonics skills through our phonics videos, or sight words through the daily videos. Your student will love making the crafts and recipes that supplement reading skills. Sight and Sound Reading strives to make children confident, eager readers who understand reading has meaning and reading is fun! Additionally, we strive to make teaching students to read transparent, easy and fun!
Where can I find more resources to help?
You will find more videos on our youtube channel. These videos include our daily sight word video, any “extra practice” or “games” videos, and our phonics videos. We are not finished recording all the videos -so, keep returning for more videos! Additionally, visit our store. Here you can find added resources to help you – from books that your student can color and read to gain confidence to teachers manuals if you want to teach your child yourself.