You are probably at some point in time going to hear about sight words as your child progresses towards kindergarten and early literature readiness for reading. If you are not already familiar with the word "sight words", then let me give you a brief definition of what sight words are and why they are helpful for the early stages of reading.
Sight words are common words that kids can recognize easily without having to sound them out during the early stages of reading.
It may or may not be different from how you were taught to read growing up. I was taught phonics when I was learning to read, but I do see the significance of having both bits of knowledge of sight words and phonics working together to help your child with early reading literacy.
Sight words can be tricky to teach your kids depending on their learning curves or abilities. Some kids are visual learners, while others can easily grasp information from listening. Using ways that are helpful for your child to learn sight words makes such a difference when learning to read.
My oldest son who has already started kindergarten is learning sight words. He is more of a visual learner and therefore I may use more activities that are engaging. My youngest is also learning sight words by just hearing them repeatedly.
We had a great opportunity to do a sight word fun class with the Children's Board in our community, where we were able to learn even more new ways of teaching sight words to kids. I have included a few of them below as well.
The key is to practice sight words over and over with repetition in different ways. Break up the sight words into groups of 4 and do a group for at least 2 to 3 weeks to see how best they can recognize and learn the words.
Have you also found any activities that you could share? Please feel free to add to my list, or ask your questions or concerns in our FORUM section. I would be happy to help you!
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“Sight words help kids to recognize words easier, especially when learning to read!”
1. SIGHT WORD BINGO Who doesn’t love a game of good old-time BINGO? Add sight words to it and its non stop entertainment for the kids. It‘s a really fun and interactive game for not only the kids but the grown-ups as well.
The game comes with cards that have sight words arranged on them. Sight words are then being called out to the players to identify.
The winner is the one who has gotten four in a row in any direction or a full house. This game can be purchased on Amazon.
2. SIGHT WORD PAINTING