Technique One: See & Say
We begin introducing a new word with a simple and straightforward exercise, the See & Say technique. The parent or teacher holds up a flash card with the new sight word and has the child repeat the word multiple times while looking at the flash card.
This technique of exposing your student to the word and having them repeat the word several times is the most basic way we introduce a new sight word. It gets the child using both their visual and auditory senses.
Be sure to hold the flash card at arm’s length from your body, and at arm’s length from the child. The flash card also needs to be held at the child’s eye level. We want to make sure that the child is focused on the written word on the flash card, not on your face or mouth.
Each and every time the sight word is read aloud, the person saying it should use two fingers, their index and middle fingers, to trace the arrow on the flash card from left to right, thereby “underlining” the word. This helps keep the child’s attention focused on the written word, which will help them to become familiar with and memorize the word and its correct spelling.
Here is a sample script for you to follow:
Adult: Let’s learn a new word. My turn. Ready? ONCE.
Adult: Yes! I ONCE was a little girl.
Now it’s your turn.
Adult: One more time.
Adult: Good job!
By using this technique, the child will hear and say the word at least seven times, and hear it used in a short sentence, all while looking intentionally at the written word on the flash card. In the following techniques we will add extra stimulation, using the kinesthetic sense and adding spelling to make an even deeper cognitive impression.