Do you want to know how to help your child practice their sight words without hours of flashcards? Here are 17 FUN ways to practice sight words (that will leave you with time to play)!
Thank you to Payless Shoes for partnering with us for this back to school discussion.
This year, a whole bunch of my friends kids started kindergarten. For the first time in my fourteen years of teaching……my personal life and my professional life mirror each other. I’ve never had friends with elementary school age kids until now!
Three different friends at three different schools? All texted me the EXACT same question within the first couple days of school.WHAT IN THE WORLD ARE ALL THESE WORDS MY KID HAS TO MEMORIZE? Click To Tweet
There are two major parts of learning to read. Putting sounds together (phonics and phonemic awareness) and memorizing sight words. Sights words are commonly used words (like the or and) that appear very frequently in early reading materials. They also (for the most part) can’t be sounded out. So, kindergarten and first grade teachers…..ask families to help kids memorize them. Sight words (sometimes referred to as rainbow words) are divided into smaller groups of 8-10 words at a time. Kids are often tested on the words each week, as they pass each “set” of words…..they’ll be given a new list.
- Word of the Day: tape one or two sight words written on an index card next to the front door, as EVERYONE in the family leaves or enters the house…..ask them to touch the word and yell it out.
- Jump to Read: write the sight words your child is practicing in chalk outside, spend five to ten minutes a day jumping from word to word and calling them out.
- Eat the Words: write this weeks sight words in whipped cream or frosting, eat one word treat a day (after reading it of course).
- Spell Them Out: Use alphabet pasta (dry) to spell out each sight word (glue them onto a piece of cardstock for future practicing).
- Concentration: Play concentration with matching sets of sight word cards.
- Bath Time: Write sight words in the bathtub with bath crayons.
- Shaving Cream: Spread shaving cream onto a plastic tray
- Tic Tac Toe: Play tic tac toe (using two sight words instead of x and o).
- Magnets: Build Sight words each day with letter magnets on the fridge.
- Sight Word Search: Hide two or three sight words around the house (written on a post it). Have your child find them (each day hide them in a new place).
- Note of the Day: Each day write your child a short note (1-3 sentences). Include the sight words they are practicing. Ask them to circle those words in crayon.
- Use alphabet cookie cutters and playdough to spell out the words.
- Put letters onto a set of legos and BUILD the words.
- Sight Word Catch: Use a sharpie to write each word from your child’s current set on different parts of a beach ball. Toss the ball back and forth, yelling out the words that face up each time.
- Roll the Die: Create a set of die (large size) with a word on each face. Roll and read.
- Memory: create pairs of sight words and play memory.
- Sight Word Detective: look for focus words in your favorite story each night.
Want to see more of this back to school series? Check out How You Can Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten!
And side note, aren’t these sneakers adorable? Yup, Payless brought back KangaROOS. Lydia and I have worn our mommy and me sneakers more than I care to admit…..I can’t help it, they’re perfect for weekend playdates!
So mamas, what are YOUR favorite ways to practice sight words? Do you have more questions about learning to read? Leave them in the comments for me!
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