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.
(I am a participant in the Amazon Associates Program and any qualifying purchases made through affiliate links I may earn a commission on at no additional cost to you.) 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.
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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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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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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My oldest daughter (age 6) often confuses the words (you) and (yes) with each other when reading. I decided to make five coloring pages that my daughters could color together that focused on the words (yes) and (you) among other sight words. My daughter often tries to sound out sight words therefore I bold them on the coloring pages as a way to jump out at her. Which gives her a simple reminder that those words are tricky to sound out and are better memorized. I used two different fonts when making the coloring pages to expose my daughters to the different styles of letters.
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I find when my oldest daughter (age 6) is reading she often tends to try to sound out sight words in which I remind her that certain words are more difficult to sound out and are meant to be memorized. With that in mind I made five fun coloring pages for my daughters to color over the weekend. Each page contains sentences containing plenty of sight words perfect for early readers. I bolded the sight words to make it easier for my daughter to spot them and remember they are words she needs to memorize rather than sound out. I went with numbers 1-5 for my youngest daughter (age 2). Although she can count to 10 I want to teach her the concept of numbers.
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 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.
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.
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.
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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My oldest daughter age 6 is currently in Kindergarten. Getting her to read and memorize sight words can be difficult. I’m always trying to find games anything to keep her interested long enough to help her remember all the words she has to remember by the end of Kindergarten. Every once and awhile I switch out characters we use for a game in which the characters are hiding with a word and my daughters have to find them. Since it’s currently Winter I chose characters that felt fitting for the Season.
I laminated each character that way we can switch out the sight words as often as my husband and I want. The way we play is we simply hide the characters throughout the house and allow our daughters to find them. My youngest age two helps find them and say what the character is for example if she picks up the snowman she says snowman. My oldest daughter reads the word written on the character each time she finds one. We play until they’re over the game and ready to move onto something else.
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As my daughter learns sight words we’ve been placing them on the wall. She wanted something that wasn’t plain. She chose animals as the theme. The first batch of animals she chose a unicorn, this time she chose zebras. Although zebras have black skin beneath their fur I left the zebra mostly white with black stripes, to allow for more space for writing the sight word.
The printable itself has no words on it, that way any words can be written on them. When finished writing the sight words I then laminate for more durability. After I cut them out and use tape to place each zebra on the sight word wall.
I recently wrote down her list of other animals she would like for her wall.. – cats -dogs -horses -elephants -tigers -lions
As I make them I’ll keep posting the printable for each sight word animal : )
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