Practicing reading skills by digging through sand for word cards.

My oldest daughter (age 6) is a reluctant reader. Trying to find ways to keep her interested can be exhausting. I’m always looking and coming up with new ideas to keep her interested with the reading process to help develop strong reading skills. When it comes to learning sight words she often tries to sound them out and I remind her that sight words are best to learn by memory because they’re words that aren’t always easy to sound out. I made sight word cards and cvc cards that I laminated for durability and can be used in different activities. The cvc cards have dots below letters to remind her those words are best when sounded out, as the sight word cards have no dots because they’re best to be memorized. The sight word cards I printed out in more than one level and placed dot stickers upon the back that way I could color code the different sight word levels to remember which words were from which list. I pulled out the cards recently to hide within sand to switch our routine up and make reading/writing time more fun.

She enjoyed the activity, being able to dig for the word cards made her more willing to read off the words on the card. If she didn’t know the word she allowed me to read it to her. Usually she gets discouraged and gives up, because she enjoyed digging through the sand it held her interest and she was more willing to keep trying. I also had her write out the words she dug out and I did the same as I dug out words. Which is a huge bonus because she isn’t always willing to write either.

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Winter theme reading game.

My oldest daughter age six is often reluctant to do anything that feels like learning. Therefore I’m constantly looking for and trying to come up with games to incorporate reading throughout our day that doesn’t involve reading a book. I wanted an activity that would help my daughter sound out words faster and help her memorize sight words. I made a set of sight word cards, CVC cards for sounding out, and 12 picture cards with a Winter theme.

Winter theme picture cards
CVC cards
Pre-K sight words.

I placed orange dot stickers on the back of each Pre-K sight word card before laminating the cards for durability. I used the stickers as a way to easily identify which words belong to the Pre-K sight word list. As we play the game I take a note of what words she’s able to recognize. That way I can cross them off our sight word goal list.

Kindergarten sight word cards

I placed green dot stickers on the back of each Kindergarten sight word card before laminating them. The same as the Pre-K cards I wanted to be able to identify them easily that way I could quickly check them off the correct sight word list.

Cards placed in different piles.
Writing sentences using the cards drawn.
Sentences written on a dry erase board.

When we play the game we place the cards in three piles. Picture cards, CVC cards, sight word cards. We play with only 12 cards per pile. That way the game doesn’t become overwhelming. My daughter and I write out sentences using the cards we draw. When my daughter grows tired of writing out the sentences she’ll tell stories using the cards she chose from the piles. You can use the CVC cards, and sight word cards as standalone flash cards. I incorporate the picture cards because my oldest daughter is more likely to hold interest when she’s able to add her own twist to a game and create her own stories.

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