What can you do with sight words? Make sentences! Once a kid learns a few sight words, you mix them around and BOOM he is reading a sentence. It will blow his mind. All of a sudden, he is a READER! Very cool.
(Psst…you will need sight words written on index cards, post-its, or other paper. I made mine with magnets on the back so they can be used on a fridge or magnetic whiteboard.)
Try out a few of these ideas to make sentences together:
- You say a sentence out loud and then the kiddo makes it using sight words.
- Your child makes up a sentence and you make it using a combination of sight words and written words. He reads it out loud to “check” your work. Kids love this!
- Your kid makes a sentence that you have read together in a book.
- You make a sentence with sight words and without saying anything, see if she can read it.
- Once you make a sentence, show how you can change words to make a new sentence. “We can go up” can change to “Dada can go up” or “We can go there.”
- Make a sentence and leave a blank that you fill in with crazy words. Instead of “Mama and I go to the store,” how about the moon? Brainstorm a list of ideas to fit in the blank.
- Teach about the meaning of pronouns by substituting “it” for a noun in the sentence. Try it with other pronouns that you have introduced as sight words: we, she, he, etc.
- Extend the activity: Once you have made a sentence, write it on a piece of paper and your child can illustrate it. You could even make a whole book that they can read!