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.
My oldest daughter doesn’t always feel like reading. I often use coloring pages with simple sentences to add in more reading time. I often utilize them on the weekends as a way for my daughters (age 6 and 2) and I to spend some time together on an activity that’s age appropriate for them both. Allowing my youngest exposure to crayons to work on her fine motor skills, and my oldest daughter to read as she colors to make it feel less strict.
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My oldest daughter is currently working on learning sight words, reading written number words, and counting. My youngest daughter age two is gradually learning to count and is building a basic foundation of skills. Therefore I made a fun Christmas Calendar for my daughters to mark off each day with a fun corresponding coloring page.
The coloring pages represent numbers one through twenty-five. Each coloring page has simple sentences with sight words and the corresponding written number for extra reading practice. I opted not to include the number symbol because I wanted my oldest to try and write them by memory best she could. I figure everyday my daughters can color a coloring page and cut out the images for scissor practice, then glue them onto construction paper to make their own Christmas scenes.
1. I see one pretty Christmas tree. 2. I see two kids wearing Christmas pajamas at nighttime. 3. Do you see three gingerbread houses? 4. I see four silly polar bears in Santa hats. 5. I see five angels. 6. There are six hedgehog heads in Santa hats. 7. I see seven penguins. 8. I see eight reindeer heads. 9. I see nine gingerbread people that I can decorate myself. 10. I see ten Christmas books. 11. I can see and count eleven dogs with Santa hats. 12. I see twelve snow people in the snow. 13. There are thirteen little candy canes for you and me. 14. I see twelve Santa Clauses how many more would be needed to make fourteen? 15. I see fifteen seals with Santa Hats. 16. I can see and count sixteen chimneys. 17. I see seventeen orcas. 18. There are eighteen Christmas stockings. 19. Do you see nineteen turtles in Santa hats? 20. There are twenty stars in the sky tonight. 21. I see twenty-one gumdrops. 22. There are twenty-two Santa hats. 23. I see twenty-three ornaments. 24. I see twenty-four elves. 25. I see twenty-five presents.
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My youngest daughter gets into everything and since we tend to decorate our Christmas tree with ornaments my husbands mother bought him yearly when he was growing up we decided not to put out a normal tree. Instead last year and this year we decided to keep the ornaments safe from her. Instead we’ve been putting up the toy tree and the gingerbread house to play with. During the off season we store the tree in her bedroom for my daughters to pretend play Christmas together, stacking toys around the tree.
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