Miss 5 is about to begin two weeks of school holidays, and we are all looking forward to staying in our PJs until lunch time, catching up with friends, and spending some quiet time at home and away.
One of the activities that will come home from school for the holidays will be her very first set of sight words. Sight words are words that children need to know just by looking at them, as they are not sound-out-able. Get yours from your child’s teacher, so that you’re all working on the same list – a much more efficient way to learn!
I’ve been looking into ways to make sight word practice fun, as Miss 5 can be a little ‘resistant’ to being ‘taught’ by Mum, and I thought I’d share the activities I found with you:
1. Carousel: I wrote previously about how I use a clothes hanger to make household chores a little bit more fun. We will use this for sight words too.
2. Colour them in: Rewrite your child’s sight words in large bubble writing (high school flashback, anyone?). They can then colour them in.
3. Chop them up: Again, rewrite your child’s sight words in a large font. Help them chop up each word into pieces to make a puzzle. Making Learning Fun has print-outs that you can use to make sight word Christmas Tree puzzles, but you could adapt this idea to make any shape that appeals to your little one.
4. Games: Use the speech practice games we talked about to reward your child for practising each sight word.
5. Snap: Print out two copies of the sight words and say them as you turn the cards over. You can also play Memory or Concentration this way.
6. Hide and Seek: Hide the sight words around a room in your house, or in the garden if it’s fine outside. Get your child to read the sight word as they find them.
7. Sight Word Carpark: I love this idea from Juggling with Kids. Draw a carpark and get your child to park their toy cars on the sight word you call out.
8. Noughts & Crosses: Write a sight word in each of the nine squares. Use counters to play noughts and crosses with your child, reading the word when they put a counter down.
9. Hop Scotch: Lay the sight words out on the ground and jump from one to the next as your child practices them.
10. Ball Games: Melissa Culver’s School Daze had a cute idea to write your child’s sight words on ping pong balls, which you can then use for lots of different games.
11. Ten Pin Bowling: Stick a sight word on each pin. As your child knocks them down with the ball, practice reading them.
12. Letter Tiles: Use magnetic letters or scrabble tiles or bath letters to spell out the sight words.
13. Whack! Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas wrote her girls’ sight words on bug shapes, then gave them a fly swatter to smack them with!
14. Again, from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas, three words that made me laugh out loud: SIGHT WORD TWISTER!!!
15. Throwing Practice: Use a muffin tin, post-it notes and a ball to make a throwing game, as shown on Growing Book by Book.
And for even more sight word practice ideas, check out Childhood 101′s list of Sight Word Activities, Reading Resource’s suggestions for Teaching Sight Words or the 10 Ways to Learn Sight Words through Play from Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas.
What fun ways do you practice sight words with your children?