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Sight Words

Children learn sight words by frequently seeing the words in
print. Some sight words are easy to learn while others are
harder to learn and may require additional practice.
Providing opportunities for your child to see and read sight
words can be as simple as pointing out a word on a cereal
box or as enjoyable as playing a game of Sight Word BINGO
Using flashcards provides a multisensory way for children to
learn and practice sight words. Flashcards allow them to
"touch the word" as they see it and hear it. Writing words on
flashcards then reviewing them regularly is an excellent way
for your child to learn sight words. Keep the flashcards even
after your child has learned them so your child can
periodically review the words. This will show them the
progress they've made and will build their confidence as they
see the words that may have been difficult to learn at first
are now are easy for them to read.
Flashcards “TO GO” can be made and brought along on car
trips in a handy container. Putting flashcards on a ring will
keep them all together. Reviewing words while riding in a car
can provide a quick effective way to practice words.
Storing flashcards in container will keep them handy and
ready to use as your child accumulates words. A great way
to keep flashcards is to make them small enough to fit in an
Altoid container. Put a strip of magnetic tape on the bottom
and decorate the top and the container will stick to the
refrigerator door. It's so handy! Another fun way to store
flashcards is to create a Box O'Words by decorating a box as
fancy, or as serious, as you want. The novelty of having a
special box will make it more fun for you child when adding or
practicing words.
Some of these activities will help your child both read and
spell sight words. You should pick 3-5 sight words a week
depending on the level of difficulty.
Use a deck of sight word flashcards and a blank BINGO
game card (One BINGO game card for each player). Write
the sight words in the spaces on the BINGO game. Make
sure each BINGO card has all of the sight words, but in
different spaces. Each time a card is drawn, cover the
word in the BINGO game. A player has BINGO when a line
of words are covered. Click here to print out a blank
BINGO game card.
Jump on It!
Write sight words on flashcards and make a second set of
the same words. Scatter one set of words face up on the
floor, leaving about a foot between each card. Place the
other set of cards in a stack, face down. Have your child turn
over each flashcard, read the word, then jump on the
corresponding sight word card on the floor.
Which One is Missing?
(A.K.A. Hide the Word)
Lay 3-5 flashcards face up on a flat surface. Say, "EYES
OPEN" Read the words together with your child. Say, "EYES
CLOSED" and have your child close his/her eyes while you
take one word away and say, "EYES OPEN." Have them open
their eyes and say which word is missing. Take turns so that
your child gets to give you the commands and hide the words.
Can YOU figure out which one is missing?
Rainbow Letters
Use art materials such as bubble paint, glitter glue, gel pen
on black paper, or glow-in-the-dark ink to create fun effects.
Write the words on paper or flashcards to add a little
creativity and flair when practicing sight words!
You can also choose three colors to spell sight words or use
this sheet to roll and spell sight words in rainbow letters.
Record your words on this rainbow sheet.
Silly Sentences
Put flashcards in a can. Take turns picking out flashcards and
making up silly sentences using the words. Start by picking
one word, then two, then 3, and increase the number of
words with each turn. The sillier, the better! You can have
your child record the silly sentences.
Gone Fishing
Make a fishing rod by securing a small magnet to a piece of
string, attached to a rod or dowel. Cut flashcards into fish
shapes (optional). Put a paper clip on each flashcard and use
the rod to "catch the fish" then read the word on each
fish as you take it off the magnet.
Wand Writing
Use a wand to write sight words in the air. "Air writing"
can be done almost anywhere and is a great way to involve
upper body movements in learning and practicing sight
words. You can make a fancy wand by using a rod with a
cardboard star at the end, decorated with glitter and some
Sticks in a Can
Write sight words on wooden craft sticks or popsicle sticks.
Put the sticks in a can so that the words are towards the
bottom. Pull the sticks out of the can and read the
word. This game can be played in different ways. One way is
to designate one stick to be the winning stick, and continue
to take turns pulling out sticks and reading them until
someone draws the "winning stick". The stick can be labeled
"WINNER" or "YOU WIN" (Some people call this game "moose"
and write "moose" on the stick). The game can also be played
with extra sticks in the can that say "Free Stick", "Pick
Again" or "Extra Turn" The game is played until all of the
sticks are drawn and the player with the most sticks wins
Write sight words on flashcards and also write "BANG" and
"JACKPOT" on a few flashcards. Put all of the cards in a pile
and take turns drawing cards and reading the words.
Whoever draws a BANG card must give each player a card
(some people play that you must surrender all of your cards
to the bottom of the deck if you get a BANG card). Whoever
draws a JACKPOT card receives a card from each player.
When the pile is gone, the player with the most cards wins.
Write each sight word on two flashcards to make a pair. Lay
the flashcards face down and take turns turning over two
cards at a time and reading the words. When a pair is
revealed it is taken off the playing area. If the words do not
match, the cards must be returned to their original spot.
Start with fewer word pairs and increase as your child's
visual memory skills improve.
Vowel and Consonant Spelling
Spell the sight words using a black marker or colored pencil
to write the consonants and red to write the vowels.