I stopped doing sight words homework with Lily a couple months ago (okayed it with her teacher) and her reading ability has EXPLODED in the last couple of months. It's so nice to see good results from a difficult decision.
Sight words homework is 10
cards with words that the education system has deemed "sight words"
meaning the kids should learn them by sight instead of by sounding them
out because they don't conform to basic phonics/spelling conventions.
Her words right now are: inside, foot, certain, game, himself, across, else, kind, group, however.
my opinion some of those should be ones that are sounded out. And Lily
was applying the "sight reading" method to all her reading and it was
awful. She's doing so much better now. And tonight during her journal
writing she spelled "would" correctly and I asked "how did you know how
to spell that?!" And she said "I remember reading it in a book."