One idea she shared was sight word rings. Kimberly only sends 5 words on her rings at a time. This gives students less words to focus on at a time so her struggling readers are not overwhelmed and 5 is a much easier number to manage when reviewing the words with students in the classroom and asking parents to work on them at home for homework.
Each time the student reads the word fluently to you or another adult he or she receives a tally mark on the back of the word card. Once the child has 10 tally marks on the back of the card it can be moved to a "known" word ring and a new word can be added in its place. You will want to designate a specific time or times each day to review the word rings with your students. Eventually you will only be doing word rings with those students who need them. Parent volunteers and older students are great resources for helping yo manage this part of the word rings.
Here is how I organized my word rings so everything will be right at my fingertips and easy to manage once school gets started and everything gets super hectic.
First I typed up all of my word wall words. I put one word on each page so they would be easy to cut apart and bag together. I cut the words quickly and easily using my paper cutter. Then I bagged them in snack bags.
I created labels for gallon size zip-loc bags that had 7-9 word wall words on them. I listed them in the order my district wants me to teach them. I labeled each bag by number, ordered them, and put them together using a metal ring.
Just for fun Kimberly suggests using sheets of decorative scrapbook paper for the front and back cover. Allowing the students to choose their own paper gives them some choice and serves as a motivating factor as well.
Everyone starts out with the same five words but some kids will move through the words faster than others. I am getting my rings ready now by hole-punching all the words and ringing the first five words together.
You can see a finished ring in this picture. All it needs now is an Avery label with a child's name on it.
A friend of mine and I were talking this week about what to do with the words we take off the student's rings. We wanted to make sure our students were able to continue to practice the words but we were not sure we wanted to manage another set of rings. We decided to have our students add the words to a journal (spiral notebook) and keep them in their book boxes so that during Daily Five Read to Self or Read to Someone they could read words as well as other forms of texts.