"Sight Words are one of the first ways a child begins reading. Sight words help build confidence and is the beginning understanding of how words are formed, sound, and work."
Below are different activites you can do with your child at home to practice sight word recognition OR letter identification
1. Paper Plate Toss
- Write sight words on paper plates. Use them like frisbees to throw after reading the word.
2. Flashlight Words
- Turn off the lights. Tape words on the wall or ceiling. Have your child use a flashlight to read sight words that are placed around the room.
3. Go Fish
- Use a duplicate set of word cards to play "Go Fish"
- You can easily make your own cards out of index cards
4. Stepping Stones
- Place the word cards on the floor, making a fun stream going across the room
- Have your child walk over the stream
- As they step onto the stepping stone (word) have them say the words before they move on to get to the other side of the stream
- This is played just like bingo. Fill in a card with the words that you are working on.
- Call out the word and mark the spaces.
- The first one with a card covered calls out the word "wordo!"
6. Word Hunt
- Look for target words in books, newspapers, or magazines
- Have your child highlight or circle the words he/she finds
7. Word Jump
- Write the sight words onto the driveway with sidewalk chalk.
- Call out a word
8. Chalk Writing
- Go outside and practice writing sight words with chalk on the sidewalk
9. Water Painting on Concrete
- Go outside with a cup of water and a paintbrush
- Dip the paintbrush in the water and practice writing sight words
10. Stick Writing
- Have your child practice writing sight words with a stick in the sand/dirt outside.
- Put the sight words you want them to practice on flash cards and put the flash cards into a jar
- Also write the word SNAP on a few flash cards and put them into the jar
- Kids can play in partners or groups of 3 or 4 with siblings. Kids will take turns pulling a card out of the jar
- If they can say the word on the card automatically with no struggle, they get to keep the card
- If they pull out one of the cards that says SNAP, they have to put all of the cards they've drawn back. The first person to 5 cards (or 10) wins!
12. Stair Chase
- To practice sight words, place two sight word cards on each stair
- let them pick one sight word on the way up, saying the word and picking up the card when they get it correctly
- have them practice the other sight words on the way down
13. Coin Toss
- Put words on the floor. Take turns tossing a coin onto words and saying the word
- If they get the word correctly, they keep the coin
- If you like, first to 10 coins wins. Or see if they can collect all of the coins
14. Memory Match
- Create two sets of word cards
- Place the word cards face down
- Have your child turn over two cards, trying to make a match
- Continue until all of the words are matched
15. Play Who Am I?
- Lay out the word cards. Then give your child clues to what the selected word is.
- For example, if the ward was "red", you could say - "I rhyme with bed. I have three letters. I end with the letter D". Then have your child locate and say the word
16. Words you can eat
- Write sight words in whipped cream, peanut butter, carrots, or anything you can eat.
17. Salt Tray
- Grab a tray or baking sheet with edges. Pour in salt or sand. Have your child write the word in the salt/sand.
- Have your child spell sight words with playdoh