Workshop at Griffin FBC Preschool

We recently had the privilege of traveling to First Baptist Church in Griffin, Georgia, to lead a day-long workshop for preschool teachers on teaching Phonemic Awareness. Preschool teachers at Griffin First Baptist Church learn how to teach phonemic awareness to … Continued

Sharing the Good News of Phonemic Awareness!

It’s that time again…the beginning of a new school year! With virtually all of the Atlanta schools starting up sometime in August, we at SightWords.com have been busy presenting our new Phonemic Awareness curriculum at conferences and workshops for preschool … Continued

What’s So Punny?

Young children absolutely love silly jokes. Corny puns, lame knock-knock jokes, and the like can send kids into paroxysms of laughter at their own cleverness. Why do kids like these cheesy jokes so much, the ones that make you roll … Continued

Avoid the Summer Slide

Summer officially began just yesterday (June 21), but many kids have already been out of school for over a month. If you are a parent, you may be wondering if your children will forget what they learned during the last … Continued

What’s in a Name?

When I tell people what I do for a living, I often end up explaining what sight words are, which usually includes an explanation of why they are called sight words. Sight words are words that you need to know … Continued

Literacy Learning for AAC Users

Literacy is just as important, if not more important, for children who are non-verbal as it is for typically developing children. We are happy to feature a guest post from Jane Odom, M. Ed., Director of Implementation Resources at AAC … Continued

What Makes Proficient Readers

The Fifth Kids and Family Reading Report (by Scholastic) came out and is a great reminder of how strong readers are made. In the survey of over 1,000 families, both parents and children agreed that the most important developmental skill … Continued

Phonemic and Phonological Awareness Release Update

We will be releasing the first 20 of our phonemic and phonological awareness modules next week. These 20 modules are part of a full curriculum of approximately 100 lessons that we will release over the coming months. The curriculum The … Continued

Neuroscience of Struggling Readers

Every teacher knows that children who struggle with reading struggle for different reasons. Some can’t hear the individual sounds (phonemes) in words. Others struggle with processing the sounds in the right order. To paraphrase Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina, proficient readers are … Continued

New Year’s Resolutions

Happy New Year! As we head into 2015, I am excited to share with you some of our release milestones for SightWords.com. In my hometown, Sydney, the New Year’s fireworks are a big deal. Every year it gets more and … Continued