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HELP! I HAVE NO TIME FOR CUTE, COLORFUL SIGHT WORD GAMES!

on May 5, 2014
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HELP! I HAVE NO TIME FOR CUTE, COLORFUL SIGHT WORD SIGHT WORD ACTIVITIES!

Ok! I am a new blogger with very limited tech “savviness”! I joined a “linky” because I was told it was a good way to connect with other homeschool moms. Last night as I was reading Becky’s post from www.thisreadingmama.com, I scrolled down and saw a plethora of fabulous sight word activities from other bloggers. I was pulled in by the colors and the games. It made me miss the days when my kids were young and there were only two of them and I had time to make games and have fun! The reality is that I am an older mom with six children. I also have a physical disability and walk with 2 canes, which means I don’t get things done near as quickly as I used to.  Seeing all the sight word activities that I would love to do, yet have no time to do, made me think about sight word activities that are realistic for me to use with my children and still get the job done. I came up with a list of “no frills or fluff” activities that I use with my children to share with those who might be in the same boat I am.

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~ Use flash cards. Have a set for each child. Remove cards as they are mastered and keep working on the others until they are mastered.

~ Find sight words in context.  I have my young readers find sight words in books or magazines while we are sitting in a waiting room. “How many ____s  [fill in a sight word] can you find in this paragraph?” I have them circle sight words in the Sunday Bulletin while waiting for the service to start.

~ Read sight word sentences. Have children read sentences created with sight words to practice and apply the words they are learning. You can do a google search and find plenty of sentences to use.

~ Read books that are written for the expressed reason of practicing sight words. I bought a Dick and Jane book, a reprint of the one that I learned to read from in the 1st grade.  Though I don’t support the “look say method” as the sole means to teach a child to read, these old books are great for practicing reading skills.  They are loaded with sight words! You can take a look at one of these books here or you can search online for used copies. {Yep, that is an affiliate link.}

~ Keep a record of what is known. As your children are developing reading skills, periodically, go through all your sight words to assess what has been transferred to the long-term memory {if they know it in a snap, it’s become part of the long-term memory}. Check these words off and don’t worry about them anymore. Continue to work on the other words until they are mastered.

~ As you teach your child to read sight words, teach them how to spell the sight words as well. Being able to read the words is a worthy goal, being able to read and spell them – even better.

That’s it! No frills, no fluff, but the words are learned just the same.

Happy Reading!

Kay


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