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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I have been planning on creating a sight word wall to display sight words as my daughter learns them. I fell slightly behind and am getting caught back up. She requested several different animals to go on her wall. The first batch of words are written on unicorns.
I made two versions one in which the unicorns are plain in which my oldest can color herself, and another set with a little color already on them just in case she wasn’t in the mood for coloring. After printing out the unicorns she wrote the words on them herself in pencil and I traced over in sharpie to make them stand out better. After she wrote the words I laminated them for durability.
Eventually I plan on turning the wall in her bedroom into a magnetic wall and placing magnetic stickers to the back of each word. That way she can rearrange the words any way she wants whenever she wants. Also it it will give her the opportunity to play pretend with the unicorns and read the words as she plays. Which provides her the opportunity to review what she has learned in a fun way on her terms. The more I stay on her terms the less of a headache learning becomes. Until then I simply placed tape to the back of them and placed each one on the wall as she learns more words.
Her next pick are zebras once I finish that batch I’ll share them in another post. : )
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My oldest daughter doesn’t always feel up for learning. She often rolls her eyes, and explains that it isn’t school time. Whenever I try to add in additional sight word practice. Personally trying to expose my daughter to all the sight words she’s suppose to be reading by the end of Kindergarten can often be difficult and feel overwhelming.
Therefore I pick four words a week to focus on. In which I write on a piece of notebook paper I laminated and hung on a wall. I laminated the paper to make it durable and re-useable. Something I quickly learned about school at home is how much paper waste is created. Also the amount of ink I go through is often ridiculous which is why I had chose to use a lined piece of notebook paper rather than wasting ink and time making a sheet on the computer. Every school day I try to get my daughter to write the words of the week out on handwriting paper for writing practice and extra sight word practice.
For the month of December I made four Christmas theme characters for my daughter to hide, find, and read. I laminate each character for durability and that way they’re dry erase. I switch out the words on the characters to correlate with the words of the week. Therefore the printable has no words in the open space that way the words can be switched out often. As we play I often tell her riddles to help her find the more difficult hiding spots. She enjoys finding the characters, and I can often get her to read the words to me. If she’s unsure of a word she hesitates and then I go ahead and help her read it. I wait for her cue that way I don’t give her the answer to soon.
My youngest age two plays along with us. Her method of playing is hiding as many characters as possible under items in our living room. Pushing them as far under giggling as she does.
If you don’t have easy access to a printer there are plenty of alternatives even for a Christmas theme hide, find, and read activity. If you have a Christmas theme coloring book you can allow kids to color the pages themselves pick out their favorite characters and cut them out. You can laminate the coloring pages for durability. If you don’t have a laminator it’s still a great activity just write the words on whatever your child chose and hide them throughout the house. Each time they find a character ask them to read the word to you, allow them the chance to try and then if they’re struggling have them repeat the word after you. Go ahead and hide it again until they show signs of disinterest. If they stop wanting to read the word that is ok, just read it for them and allow them to keep looking for characters, all you can do is keep trying and not push to hard.
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I’m always trying to find ways to incorporate sight word practice into our day. Especially on the weekends when we take a break from rigid lesson plans I still want to sneak in some practice time therefore we tend to play educational based games. Both my daughters enjoy playing hide n seek in order to incorporate education within the game we hide characters around the house to find and read the words they’re holding. With Halloween coming up in several weeks I made a Halloween version with spooky characters to hide around the house. I left each word spot blank that way I could laminate each character and be able to write and erase each sight word whenever.
My five year old daughter’s attention span is short. She’s constantly running around all over the place, going from one idea to the next. Getting her to sit down and focus is difficult. I didn’t want to push her to hard into doing things she wasn’t interested in to the point in which learning became a chore and she loss interested all together. When it came to learning sight words she quickly lost interest, I knew I wanted to continue trying, without creating a situation in which resulted in a hatred for reading.
Her favorite game to play is hide and seek. Her one year old sister loves playing with her, as she keeps her eyes open and points me in the direction her older sister went in all while giggling. Whenever it comes my time to hide, I quickly go under a blanket in the most obvious place, because to be honest I hate hide and seek.
Eventually I found a solution to both problems. That solution came in the form of the game “sight word hide and seek.” It’s a simple game in which my daughter’s and I hide four animal characters a bird, hedgehog, rabbit, and a bear. Each animal is holding a different word. When found I simply ask her “what word is bird holding?” “what word is bear holding?” and so on. Until we’ve found all the animals and she’s read each word, then we hide them all over again. No matter who hides them I still ask her the same question. The best part is I make my daughter happy by playing her favorite game, without having to hide which is awesome and peak her interest in reading words in a way she almost doesn’t even realize that she’s learning.
The printable contains the four animals above. The printable itself has no words written on it because I personally didn’t want to print out tons of animals to cover the vast collection of words we will be working on. Also it’s a great addition to use when teaching the letters of the alphabet. Instead of words just simply write a letter on each. I printed each animal out on basic paper and simply laminated them that way they would hold up to the wear and tare of a one and five year old also I could easily write different words whenever I wanted with a dry erase marker. when I wanted to change them I simply erase the word and write something else. Super simple and saves on materials.
When my daughter is finally in the mood to sit down and read, 50 first sight word reader pack is what we read together, and it is helping her get to a point where she can read a book alone. The books are super simple a few words per page, and repetitive. Exactly what she needs to maintain her focus, they’re not to long that she’s over reading before the book is even over. And each of the sight words are used over and over again to the point that they start to stick with her and she retains the information. (I am a participant in the amazon affiliate program and get a commission off anything purchased from links above.)