Memorizing sight words through play.

My oldest daughter (age 6) is often disinterested in reading and learning sight words. Especially when she isn’t in the mood for reading a book I try to implement fun gaming strategies to maintain her interest. I’m always trying to come up with learning strategies that will keep my youngest daughter (age 2) busy as well. She’s always in the middle of our lessons and I need age appropriate content for her.

Today I brought out toys that both my daughters enjoy playing with along with sight word cards. I allowed my daughter’s to lead the gameplay as long as my oldest daughter would read the words on the card. She proceeded to line the cards up making her own gameboard. She placed fidget spinners in different places to make them free spots in which she wouldn’t have to read a card. I asked her what she’d want to use to determine how many steps each character could take. In which she decided to use a stuff animal grey hedgehog. Claiming that if it lands on it’s stomach that’s one space, if it landed on it’s back that’s six spaces. I often let her make up her own rules which allows less resistance when it comes to reading the words.

My youngest daughter played with three fidget spinners. I would help her get the fidget spinners to spin each time they stopped and we placed little toys on top to spin and watch them fly off. In between playing the sight word game with my oldest. The spinners kept my youngest distracted as my oldest read her word cards. I used basic position words such as on/off. The car is on, the car fell off.

Any kind of toys would work it’s really about creating an environment that doesn’t feel as school-like and strict when it comes to reading sight words. I used sight word cards that I made printed out and laminated for durability. I used orange and green stickers to quickly recognize which words are from the preschool list and which are from the Kindergarten list. If you’d prefer not to print anything out you can write out the words on index cards instead. I personally bring out around 12 words at a time to review words she already knows or to work towards memorizing new words.

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