Red words cannot be sounded out, and must be memorized. Red words must be separated into three sets:
(1) Mastered (2) In Progress (3) Not Yet
Mastered Pile are the red words that the student has “mastered” and does not need continual drill with. If a student says the word correctly within 3 seconds, the card goes into the mastered pile. Mastered Piles can be reviewed once in awhile but not daily.
In Progress are the red words that the student still needs daily drill with. Once the student can say the word correctly within 3 seconds, it goes into the Mastered Pile.
Not Yet are future red words. The Teacher’s Guide will let you know which words to pull out from this set and use for the lesson. New Red Words are used with arm tapping and repetitive writing.
Time to practice:
hold up red card give
Say “this is the word give. What is this word? Hold this word card in your hand, the one you don’t write with. With your writing hand, slide your pointer finger under the word while you read it.” Have student repeat this 3 times.
“Now, stand up. Spell the word, tapping once for each letter down your arm. Then read the word again while sliding your hand from shoulder to wrist.” Have student repeat this 3 times.
“Now write the word in a red marker on the whiteboard saying the letters aloud as you write and underline the word as you read it.” Have the student write, read and underline 3 times.
“Can you give me the word in a sentence?”