Sight word board game with Nana Hedgehog and friends.

Teaching sight words can be a struggle. I often get stressed out trying to keep a system in which I can keep track of which words to introduce while going back over other words my daughter has already learned. Sight words are words that are best memorized because they’re words most often found in written text also they can’t all be sounded out properly. To hold my daughters attention I made 11 sight words boards. All the same color and same design to avoid them from memorizing each level and board rather than memorize the actual words. By turning each list into a fun game board it gives me the opportunity to bring out each list one at a time and easily go back to older lists for practice. When my first grader isn’t in the mood to play the game I have her read the words out of order. That way I’m sure she’s not just memorizing the list rather she is memorizing each word.

Playing the game is simple. We used counting bears as our game pieces. You can use whatever you like cereal, toys, and more. We roll the dice move that many spots and say each word leading up to the spot we land on.

Sight word list 9 game board.

I hope you enjoy the fun sight word inspired game.

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Winter theme with Red Apple Tree and Blue Eye Guy coloring page for early readers.

Sight Words in bold font for quick identification. To remind early readers those are words best memorized rather than sounded out.
Empty space to allow a child to express their creativity and add a background. Snowflakes for example. Also they can add a hat to the snowman. Maybe they want to add a jacket and a scarf.
Without words to make the characters larger to color on.

Not only is the coloring page a great way to get in more reading and sight word practice they can also be cut out and made into puppets. My oldest daughters idea, both my daughters enjoy creating puppet shows. It’s a great way to incorporate scissor practice as well.

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12 Early reader coloring pages for the holidays.

Happy holidays! If your homeschooling and looking for a fun way to go over shapes and incorporate reading or looking to supplement over holiday break these early reader coloring pages are a great way to sneak in extra reading practice. Sight words in bold font for quick recognition.

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Birthday coloring pages for early readers.

I often make coloring pages for my daughters with simple sentences perfect for early readers. I use the coloring pages as a way to slip in more sight word and reading practice in a fun relaxed way. I tend to keep the pages simple that way my daughters can add their own drawings on the pages. I use bold font for all sight words as a quick indicator to my daughter that it is a sight word and it’s best to be memorized rather than sounded out. This time I went with fun Birthday theme coloring pages. If your young learners have a birthday coming up soon these coloring pages are perfect to add in throughout the day for extra reading.

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Making kid friendly scary art and a word pumpkin.

My oldest daughter (age 6) loves Halloween and anything involving arts and crafts. Which is often why I incorporate them within the learning process. Approaching the end of September my daughters already in the Halloween mood. Picking out her Halloween costume, and watching kid friendly scary movies. Therefore a Halloween craft activity involving writing and reading sight words felt perfect to keep my daughters attention and allow her to get lost in the creative process as she practiced sight words.

My oldest daughter struggles to stay focused during lessons. After we finish her school curriculum on the computer it’s difficult to hold her attention long enough to go over sight words. I’ve tried playing sight word games although often times she runs off agitated because she’s over school for the day. If your child is a creative type who strongly dislikes being told what to do and how to do it then trying to incorporate sight words within art may be a helpful tool for you as well. To get her to stay focused today I asked her if she wanted to make scary art to hang up through the house and the only criteria I expected of her was to write a sight word upon each monster.

I am a sight word pumpkin.

As my daughter created her scary art I made a sight word pumpkin with several sight words I wanted my daughter to read. It would also be a fun activity for a kid to make themselves and write their own sight words on the pumpkin. Although my daughter had no interest in creating her very own because she likes creating art her own way and dislikes following guidelines.

Supplies I used for the pumpkin.

Supplies for the pumpkin…
-glue stick
-scissors
-pen
-construction paper

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If your young ones enjoy arts and crafts and often struggles with sight words hopefully these Halloween theme sight word activities can spark some interest and inspire more art centric ideas to incorporating learning.

A new book; We See Colors With Red and Blue.

I’ve recently written and illustrated a book called “We See Colors With Red and Blue.” It is currently available in an ebook form and can be purchased through Amazon. We See Colors With Red and Blue

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Meet the characters! Red and Blue.

Book synopsis:
Red Apple Tree and Blue Eye Guy invite you to play a fun game of We See Colors. Where they welcome you into a colorful reading journey through their world. Introducing young children to a variety of sight words as they learn to recognize their colors. Allowing parents and children to read together building their confidence and setting the foundation to become independent readers.

The book is set up in a way that can be read to small children and as they grow they can begin to follow along and read to you. It’s both a fun way to teach children their colors and introduce them to many sight words at the same time. I kept the characters names simple and chose Blue/Red specifically because they are sight words. Throughout the book sight words are in bold font for a quick reminder to early readers those words are best to be memorized rather than sounded out. Towards the end of the book you will find a list of all the sight words found throughout the book.

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Bee theme coloring pages for early readers.

My oldest daughter tends to panic when she sees spiders and other bugs and insects crawling around. Therefore I decided it felt fitting to learn all about bugs for the summer. To help make her a little less nervous around bugs by learning what they do and how they can be helpful.

I made several early reading coloring pages with a bee theme to get my daughter reading over the weekend that would go along with our summer theme we will be starting soon. When my daughter reads she gets really tripped up with sight words and often tries to sound them out. As a simple clue I bolded all sight words on the coloring pages that way she would know that it is a sight word and it’s a word best to be remembered rather than sounded out.

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The above markers and crayons are what I use with my youngest daughter (age 2) during coloring time. She was always getting into her older sisters (age 6) markers so I decided to buy her a set better suited for her age that would promote proper grip. The bees book is perfect for early readers such as my oldest daughter. It comes with just enough information yet not to much in which it is overwhelming to read. The box sets are perfect for early readers. I bought the Kindergarten set to cover levels a-d to help my daughter get through Kindergarten. The First Grade set I bought to prepare my daughter for what she will be expected to read in First Grade.

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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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Sight Words Beehive Game.

I’m always trying to find more ways to incorporate sight words through play. My oldest daughter (age 6) is often reluctant to read and practice sight words. However she enjoys playing games. I recently made a bee themed sight word game we could continue playing over the summer as well. My youngest daughter (age 2) enjoyed playing the game with us although she’s not old enough to read the words on the card she enjoyed grabbing the bees from the flower and placing them on her beehive card.

I made several cards sets to grow with my daughters age level. The game is great for review. Allowing my daughter to practice the words she’s already learned and become quicker at reading the words. The way we play the game is placing a pile of bee cards face down on the flower. Each player gets their own beehive. On my daughters turn she reads the card if she gets it correctly she places the bee on her beehive. If she reads the card incorrectly the bee card goes back on the flower. On my turn I have her read the card to me and if she gets it right she can keep the card for her beehive if she gets the card wrong I read it to her and place it within my beehive. The length of the game depends on how many cards you decide to start with. Which is determined by the child’s attention span and skill level. Once all the bees have left the flower each player counts their bees and whichever has the most wins the game.

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Shapes coloring pages for early readers with sight words.

My youngest daughter (age 2) is currently learning her shapes and my oldest daughter (age 6) is learning how to read. An activity that bridges the age gap between the two of them is coloring. Coloring is something we can do together as my youngest works on her fine motor skills and my oldest is able to take a break from strict learning materials. I used dashed lines on the shapes to allow my youngest daughter to practice tracing as well as coloring.

I try to add in short sentences for early readers on the coloring pages to add in additional reading practice for my oldest that becomes overwhelmed and doesn’t always want to sit down and read a book. Adding reading onto the coloring pages makes it feel less school-like for her. She often confuses the words this, that, these, and those for each other. Therefore I used those sight words on the coloring pages to give my daughter additional practice.

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