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Connie McCarthy is passionate about her work as a teacher of young children. She has devoted her entire career to making sure that her students do well at school, right from the start. Connie has an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education, and a Master’s Degree in Special Education. She has been teaching first grade in East Providence, R.I. for 23 years, where she received the distinction of “Highly Qualified Teacher” by the Rhode Island State Board of Regents. Connie also taught nursery school for four years, and published numerous articles on early education in East Bay Newspapers in Bristol, R.I. She’s also been published in PTO Today Magazine. She lives with her husband, Brian, and has a daughter and a son, both young adults. Connie enjoys reading, writing about elementary education, and taking long walks with friends. During summer vacations, she likes to travel with her husband. She also loves reading readers’ comments on her weekly blog posts.

Start a “Word a Day” Bank in Your Family

Here’s a simple and fun way to help your child become an awesome reader: Build a family “word of the day” bank.

Halfway through the school year is a perfect time to start this because it builds on skills early elementary students have already learned.

Below is a list of 30 words, one for each day in March. These can be used in any order. The faster your child can recognize and understand these words in a sentence, the more fluently he will read.

  • All you need is some small cards that you have handy, like index cards, blank recipe cards, the back of old business cards, etc.
  • Choose a new word each day, and write it on a card.
  • Show it to your child, say it, spell it, and say it again. Have your child do the same.
  • Keep the cards together in a baggie, envelope, or small container.
  • Review words in the “bank” at random, whenever possible.

 

the
can
said
can’t
need
has
as
ask
look
see

black
like
on
no
to
too
good
don’t
was
saw

has
and
will
won’t
of
get
off
have
two
moon

 

Acquiring vocabulary and using it properly is an integral part of becoming a good reader. It’s also a very big part of the Common Core State Standards for education.

Look for a new list of words in April to add to your child’s word bank.

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#1 Livia McCoy 2013-03-07 12:29
Great idea, Connie! I use the 200 most frequently used words list to teach keyboarding. I have noticed that a lot of those words have to be sight words for reading, since they do not follow the normal rules of pronunciation. For example, the first few are "the, of, as, was, were." They should be simple, but they are not necessarily the easiest ones to learn.

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