Sight words….they are every kids worst nightmare and every homeschool moms least favorite to teach…at least for me it is. Our six year old is a problem solver and thinker, so sitting down to recite and memorize sight words is agonizing to him. I can hear him as I write this blog say, “Awe mom, please don’t make me do sight words again.” And I get it, they never end. Sight words keep showing up every day of the month….in, out, her, his, had, has, her, his, our, they, their, who, when, where, say, said, and the list goes on and on and on and on.
Since they aren’t the favorite thing to do at our house, I decided a few weeks ago to switch it up a bit. I simply hid the words around the house and told my son that if he found them all and was able to read all but two of them he could have a sweet treat. At that moment something shifted…all of the sudden he was moving quickly through the house and when discovering a word, he almost immediately read it. As I watched him, I thought to myself, “This could not be the same boy who fights me at the desk to read just one word. This could not be the same boy who at the hearing of the words “sight words”, lays his head on the table.” But it was. Before I knew it, he had not only found all the words, but read them aloud as well. See he was in his element. He had solved the problem and was rewarded for doing so. I knew after this I needed to find some more creative ways to work on our “oh so lovely” sight words.
Here are a few activities to help create an exciting way to learn sight words:
- Sight word Go Fish – write each site word twice on individual index cards, shuffle and play
- Sight word Hop Scotch – as you jump from word to word, recite the word.
- Sight word Bingo
- Sight word Seek and Find – this can be as simple as writing a bunch of words on a sheet and have them highlight or circle their current sight words or grab a book and see how many points they can get for finding sight words in the book.
- Sight Word Search and Find – write many words, pictures, stickers, etc. on a piece of paper and have your child highlight the sight words.
You can find many more activities at Childhood 101 and by googling or searching Pinterest for sight word activities. With activities like these, I believe both you and your child will find sight words a little more lovely. If you have any ideas to share, please do so as we are always looking for creative ways to learn.