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More About Dolch Words

More About Dolch Words

In trying to figure out how to get my son interested in these words, I took to the Internet.  The search “dolch word list” brings up over 150,000 entries, so then it’s up to me to zero in on the one(s) that will work best for my boy.  I came across one website, a teacher’s website, which had all sorts of information on Dolch words.  She had lists.  She’d separated those lists by grade level and even separated the nouns out.  Another list separated them by frequency of use rather than grade level.  She even had a “Dolch story” which is a story that uses all 220 words.  She highlights the words in different colors based on the level of the word.  For example, all the “Pre-Primer” words are in yellow, while the “Third Grade” words are highlighted in fuchsia.  When I emailed the teacher and attached the story, as well as the URL, she sent back some helpful tips.  And I thought – “that’s why she’s the teacher.”  She reminded me that what my son needs is repeated exposure to the words in an unexpected order so he memorizes the words, not the order in the story.  She also suggested what a past parent had done which I think I’m going to do after I finish this post: PowerPoint slides.  The parent mixed them up daily so the student didn’t memorize the pattern.

Are you trying to help someone to read or write?  What are you doing?

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