My oldest daughter is interested in learning to read. While I think the most important thing I can do is simply have lots of books around the house and READ, READ, READ to her…the teacher in me can’t help but do some other learning activities with her, too. So one day while she was busy with markers, I made some sight words.
How did I choose the words? Well, I looked at the pre-primer Dolch list. You can also get a list from your child’s teacher, or be your own Mr. Dolch and just write down a few words that you see over and over in kid books.
How did I make the words? I wrote with a black marker on lined paper, cut it out, then glued it onto colored construction paper and cut it out again. (Hello, my name is Megan and I love scissors.) I used bright construction paper so that it was easy to see the “shape” of the word. This is a big help to visual learners. Then I stuck a magnet on the back. Everything is better with a magnet.
Now what? Now the fun begins! Usually about once a week (or whenever my daughter asks me) I introduce a new sight word. We read a book that uses the word a lot. I show her the word I made. We spell it. Maybe she will write it. There are a bajillion activities you can do with sight words. I’ll share some in a post, I promise! One idea is using the sight word in a sentence from the book. Bonus: the words stick to the magnetic whiteboard!
We keep the sight words (that we have introduced) on the fridge. My kids see them and play with them every day. We refer to the sight words when we read. “Oh, U-P. You learned that word. Do you remember it?” Sometimes the answer is yes and sometimes no. That’s okay. Keep it light and fun. After all, I don’t want to do too much sight word work…then it would be like (gasp!) school.
(Common Core kindergarten standard: Read common high-frequency words by sight )