We've been sounding out a lot of words in school lately, but the curriculum we use started to introduce the word "the" in with a few simple three letter words. Of course this is a challenging concept for a kid who has been trying to hard to use those letter sounds to read words. So a couple weeks ago I was sitting there and an idea popped into my head, and a poster was born. I hadn't hung anything up on our walls yet. I put all of his school work for the week on the side of the refrigerator, along with our calendar and hundred chart but haven't really put any permanent visual aids up so far. I'm pretty excited about our first transformation of kitchen to classroom though. I tried to explain that with certain words the letters actually don't help us out all that much and we need to just memorize them. There are words that we see written all the time that we have to have in our mind and just know them without getting very many clues from the words themselves. So we made this poster of some words we just have to know. Hopefully this little visual will help him master these seemingly simple words that can actually be pretty tricky for a beginning reader. He's still working on trying not to sound them out. We're starting to refer to our poster during school and throughout the day, and maybe seeing the words over and over throughout the day will help trigger that memory so he can be on his way to becoming an independent reader.