Wednesday, February 29, 2012

More tips

Create your own sight word flashcards. Each family has different words that may be common or important. Ask your child for sight word suggestions such as a family member’s name, a favorite food, or a favorite store. Use the blank flashcards included with the sight word flashcards to make personalized sight word flashcards for your child.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012


Make it fun. Although learning sight words requires memorization, you can play simple games with the cards that will help make this learning fun. For example, spread the cards face down on a table and let your child pick one card at a time by saying, “Eeeny, meeny, miney, mo. I’ll pick a card that I know!” Direct your child to pick the last card he touches as he reaches the end of the rhyme. Playful elements such as the silly rhyme and allowing your child to pick his own card will help keep your child engaged and having fun. Info found at School Sparks


Customize the cards. As you introduce each sight word, draw an outline in red around the entire word on the flashcard, highlighting the shape of the word. Since sight words are visual in nature, the red box gives children another way to visualize the word and remember how it looks.

Monday, February 27, 2012

Tips for learning sight words

Get physical. Another way to reinforce new sight words is to teach your child a verbal cheer for each word. Start by labeling each letter as “high” (b, d, f, h, k, l, t and all uppercase letters), “medium” (a, c, e, i, m, n, o, r, s, u, v, w, x and z) or “low” (g, j, p, q and y).
Say aloud the sight word and then say the name of each letter in the word to create the cheer. Direct your child to reach above his head for “high” letters, put his hands on his hips for the “medium” letters, and put his arms down at his sides for the “low” letters. Repeat the cheer several times until your child can join you in saying the names of the letters while he looks at the flashcard and moves.Using body movements while learning the sight words will bring the words to life and add another dimension to learning. Rather than just seeing the word and saying it aloud, your child can “feel” the word as he moves his body. Found at School Sparks


Introduce three sight words at a time. Begin with the first sheet of Dolch pre-primer (preschool) sight words and choose three words. Show your child one flashcard at a time, saying the word clearly and asking your child to repeat the word after you. Put the first flashcard face down and repeat the process with the second and third flashcards.As you review each word, remind your child to try to remember what the word looks like. I would tell my kindergarten students to “tuck the word in their brain.” This phrase helped the children understand the concept of committing something to memory.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Tips for Sight Words

The easiest way to introduce your child to sight words is through sight word flashcards. These sight word flashcards are based on the list of Dolch sight words, which is a nationally recognized list of words children need to know to be able to read quickly and comfortably. The worksheets include all Dolch pre-primer (preschool) and primer (kindergarten) sight words.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012


I found these beautiful sight-word printables here at Jan Brett's page. This is an example:

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Tactile Cards

Sight-Word Tactile Cards - Complete Set
Students learn to recognize 75 of the most common sight-words...with instant reinforcement they can see, touch and trace! Each card in our series features a different sight-word—all with fun, textured letters that encourage kids to practice letter formation, sight-word identification and more. Each set has 25 cards that gradually increase in difficulty.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Shamrock Shake

To play, pass the can. Students take turns drawing a card and reading the word. If they get it right, they may keep it. The can moves to the next person even if the player gets it right. If a player gets a "leprechaun" card, he can take a word card from another player (plus keep the "leprechaun" card). If a player gets a "rainbow" card, he keeps the "rainbow" card and takes another turn. Game continues until someone gets a "pot of gold" card. Then everyone counts his or her cards. The person with the most is the winner.

I found this idea here. It is called POT of GOLD

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Cars Uno game

Print one copy of the playing cards (You may want to print 2 sets of special cards). There are 4 sets (various Cars characters) with 9 word cards each plus one set of "special" cards (draw 2, wild, reverse, skip, draw 4/wild). To play, deal 5 cards to each player. Put the rest face down in the middle of the table. Turn one card up. The first player must read the card and match either the word or the character. If he puts down matching character (new word), he must also read the new word. Play continues with players matching either the words or characters. If a player does not have a match, he draws a card from the pile. Players can play a Draw 4 or Wild card at any time. Draw 4 means the next person takes 2 cards instead of playing a card (just like in traditional UNO). A Wild card lets the player select the character. Players must match the skip, reverse, or Draw 2 cards to the current character. Continue playing until some gets rid of all of his cards. This is the winner. Optional: You can have players call UNO when they have one card remaining .
*You can easily change the words used in this game by deleting these words and replacing them with your own.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Sight Word Soup Game from Lakeshore Learning

Students build word recognition…as they scoop up fun-filled servings of sight-words! Our set features 4 levels of play, each covering 25 of the most commonly used words in reading. Kids simply scoop up sight-word “noodles,” then sort them into the matching bowls on their activity mats—and increase sight-word recognition with every match! 4 levels each include a sturdy vinyl soup pot, 100 sight-word pieces, 8 activity mats, plus 4 plastic ladles. The ladles measure 7 7/8" long.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine Sight Word Search

Write all your sight words on Valentine hearts. Number each heart.

Make a list with the number of sight words.

Hide your sight words around the house. Send your child on a hunt for the Valentine Hearts.

Your child will fill in the words on the chart as she finds them!

Have fun!

Monday, February 13, 2012


I found this idea here.

We can do this on a smaller scale using a cookie sheet and just a few words at a time

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Doesn't this look like a fun way to practice sight words. I found the idea here

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Monday, February 6, 2012


I saw this idea for identifying letters....can make it with sight words too!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Sight Word Tracers

Today we traced ALL of our sight words on paper. I had my girls read each word as they traced it!

Thursday, February 2, 2012


We resorted to some bribes today as we practiced our popcorn words! Each correct word equales one M&M! Worked great! :)

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Sight Word Hopscotch

Draw a hopscotch board outside. Fill each square with a new sight word. Then play hopscotch having your child read the word she hops on!