Basic Sight Words Cards – 2 January 2004
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Thus you will see that sight words from one school to another will have some differences. And this applies same for those making/selling the flash cards.
I recently purchased the Star Right Education (SRE) Flash cards for sight words to make up for the deficit I found in the Carson Dellosa equivalent. When I say deficit, I'm referencing the 44 sight words that form my child's Kindergarten curriculum for the year (see photos).
Before I get to that, let me talk about the Carson Dellosa Flash Cards.
Nicely made cards. No Fluff. Words are easy to see and read. At the back is a simple one line sentence for the child to try -- using the word he/she tried to pronounce.
WORD COUNT: 102 Sight words. This is huge and in theory should cover what you are looking for at the 6+ year old level.
DURABILITY: If handled well, it will serve you for a long time. But would so even more had they been laminated.
PRICE: One of the best priced in the market.
How does it compare with the Star Right Education (SRE) Flash cards?
Well, for starters SRE has 67 more words than the Carson Dellosa which has 102 words. But the Carson Dellosa comes with a supplemental card that alphabetically lists out all 102 cards that come in the pack. SRE does not seem to have this.
How does it compare with my child's curriculum?
Well, it has most of the words except for three: GOT, HIS and HIM aren't there. So, I guess by inference, they do not consider them as sight words (so you can see why I said sight words are a subjective notion that will vary from school to school). The SRE flash cards had just GOT missing.
How does the Carson Dellosa compare to SRE price wise?
Well, it knocks it outta the park. Coming in at half the price of the SRE cards.
FINAL NOTE: The Flash cards should've come laminated to guarantee durability. I wouldn't mind paying a buck more just to have them come laminated.
OVERALL IMPRESSION: I'll give this a 4 1/2 stars.Factoring in the low price of $7.99. To make up for the missing words, I simply cut out an 3 index cards to size and filled in the words..
Hope you found this review helpful.
To use these I went through the deck and pulled out words that are most commonly used and necessary for reading sentences first. I tried to sort the decks into groups of 10-30. Doing the whole deck at once would have been overwhelming. I first picked words like: I, A, The, Can, He, She, It, Run. As he got the hang of those, we'd move on. Between this and the other deck, it didn't take long for him to be reading. Once he had a basis for sight words we introduced phonics.
I noticed there were some words he consistently had issues with: There, Them, Had, Has, They, etc. So I got a large white board and started writing him hand tailored stories. I would stick words he was struggling with in the stories over and over and over again. As soon as he was reading one story well, I'd erase it and write new ones. I also used that opportunity to write about upcoming events and life lessons. He's a little social awkward, so I'd write about going camping, making friends, starting school, etc.
I've found that has not only helped his reading skills, but his social skills as well.
These cards may be useful for a child who is just starting to read, don't let the "grades 1-3" in the description fool you. The price is ok, you could probably get similar cards at the dollar store or Target for at a better price. The quality of the cards is pretty good. Soft and bright card stock.
Here is a list of some of the words: