Part of my day is spent tutoring small groups of children. At the beginning of the year, I am helping them learn the letters of our alphabet and sounds. But by now, I am helping them learn their sight words....or high frequency words. Most of the kindergartners have learned all or at least half of their high frequency words (words like: can, here, have, do, to, me, my, come...35 in all for kindergarten).
After reviewing the words, using flash cards, with 2 kids today....we played a game. They pulled a card....tried to read the word, then use it in a sentence.
Use it in a sentence.
You have no idea what a hard concept that is for a 5 year old.
Can you use that word in a sentence?
It's one thing for them to learn to read the word on a flash card....but then they have to apply that knowledge when they see it in a book or are writing it in their journals. Using it in a sentence is not always an easy thing for them to do.
So we begin the game...and I give them an example. Let's say the word is "can" ... "I can run fast." Or "like".... I like chicken nuggets. We practice a few words. They get it. I think.
So here we go........
Kid #1: (pulls a card and reads the word) do
Me: Good job. Now can you use that word in a sentence?
Kid #1: Did you got a lot of candy?
That is not a mispelled word up there. They said "got."
Kid #2: (pulls a card and reads the word) can
Me: Wow! That's right. Now can you use that word in a sentence?
Kid #2: I come learn my letters.
He said "come" not "can" because I asked him to repeat it.
Yep. That's what I'm working with. Got you a job like me come to?
I have to tell you that while we were playing the game and after they had said this funny stuff, I leaned over and made a quick note of what they had said...because I can't remember much a minute later.
Kid #1 asked, "Are you writing a happy note to my mom?"
So of course, I said yes and then I did.