St. Louis School second grader Christopher Jorss has been formally recognized for learning all 224 Dolch Sight Words and earning the first Sight Words Black Belt in Virginia by mastering all 28 levels within Sight Words with Samson, an online reading program used in schools to help young students learn to read.
Sight words are words such as "the," "you," and "it" and are the most commonly used words in the English language. In fact, these 224 words make
up more than 50 percent of the words readers read every day. "What makes these words so important is the role they play in helping students become proficient readers," said Darrin Jahnel, president of Knowledge Wand, the Schenectady, N.Y. company that created Sight Words with Samson. "Students who fail to learn these words at an early age often fall behind for their entire academic career," he added.
By earning his Sight Words Black Belt, Christopher has taken the first step towards becoming an accomplished reader and has also laid the foundation for a lifetime of success, in academics and beyond.
Samson's Classroom is a web-based series of games that help students become better readers by playing engaging games that focus on the three core building blocks of reading: sight words, spelling, and reading comprehension. It is widely regarded as the best literacy suite available to reinforce the skills that students need to become great readers and is used by schools in all 50 states and in 11 countries.