PWES is very proud to announce that 1st grade teacher Mrs. Kristina Bradford was recently chosen as one of Scioto County's 'Best Teacher' in the Portsmouth Daily Times 'Best Of' voting.

Mrs. Bradford has been teaching for 17 years, the last 4 years at Portsmouth West Elementary.  She said, "I am thankful to have joined our Washington-Nile family 4 years ago. I currently teach first grade and enjoy every moment. I look forward to the excitement they bring to learning and the hugs they want to share. The learning experiences that we share in the our classroom are what this is all about. Watching my kids learn and grow is priceless. They are the reasons for the teaching opportunities I've been given to earn this award and for them I am thankful!"

Thank you Mrs. Bradford for all you do for your students and PWES! 

#WeAreWest!!  #WeLoveMrsBradford!!!

 

First grade students visited the Pumpkin Patch this past October. It was a warm, breezy day filled with sunshine, laughter, squeals and giggles. For more Pumpkin Patch photos, view the First Grade Snapshots Gallery.

  

 

“In classrooms across America the development of sight word recognition continues to be a top priority when instructing emerging and beginning readers.” TeachStix

 

What Are Sight Words?

Sight Words (high-frequency, core words) are the words that are used most often in reading and writing.

Why Are Sight Words Important?

Sight words are very important for your child to master because “sight words account for up to 75% of the words used in beginning printed children’s materials”,  ( Study to Identify High Frequency Word in Printed Materials, by DJ Kear & MA Gladheart).

There are different sight words for every grade level. Each set of words builds upon the other, meaning that once your child learns the Sight Words in Kindergarten, he will be expected to still recognize those words as he learns new words in first grade, and so forth.

Many of the over 200 Sight Words do not follow the basic principles, thus they cannot be “sounded out”. Beginning readers need an effective strategy for decoding unknown words, and knowing sight words is an effective method. (Speech Buddy)

READ MORE FOR BENEFITS, EXAMPLES, AND SIGHT WORD LISTS

 

Free Educational Web Resources

Free Educational Web Resources provides a list of free education websites that provides lesson plans, supplements, videos, worksheets, games, and other useful tools for teachers, parents, and students. Students are familiar with some of these applications and have accounts set up. Check grade level for specific websites used in their classrooms.

 

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