Are your kids learning sight words at school?
Sight words are sometimes called high-frequency words. They’re the most frequently-used words in writing. Students are encouraged to memorize and learn to recognize these words in print without the need for any strategies to decode them. Sight words are also a huge focus in most spelling programs. Since sight words are so common, reading and writing becomes easier when students master them.
Practice sight words at home with these fun and easy multisensory activities.
Here are 5 of our favorite ways to practice sight words:
- Catch the Sight Words: Type up your child’s sight words or difficult-to-master spelling words and stick them on an old ball. (Or just write them with a permanent marker.) Play a game of catch. Each catcher says the word closest to his thumb. His partner spells the word. Continue until lots of words are caught and spelled! I actually DON’T recommend using a ball with holes like I did. It gets a little tricky to find spots to stick the words!
- Make the Sight Words: Use playdough or WikkiStix (affiliate link) to form the letters of the words. Trace the letters and read the words outloud.
- Feel the Sight Words: Write the words on something with texture. Use a crayon to write on paper over the top of something bumpy. (Like the sidewalk.) Use chalk to write on a chalkboard or pavement. Use your finger to write in dirt or on sandpaper.
- Picture the Sight Words: For particularly tricky sight words, take some time to notice and think about the shape of the word. Draw the word with your finger in the air, imagining the shape of the letters as you go. Write the word and outline the shape of it. Draw a memorable picture inside and around the word.
- Label the Sight Words: Find objects around your house to label. Challenge your child to think of a funny or descriptive phrase using one of the sight words he or she is memorizing. Help them write a label on a strip of paper, and underline/bold/highlight the sight word so it stands out. Leave the labels on the object for a while, and practice reading it together whenever you have time. If you like this idea and don’t want to make your own labels, this resource from my store includes pre-made labels for many common sight words, plus pages for picturing and tracing.