Why learn sight words?
Sight words or high frequency words are words that students encounter frequently in reading and writing. It is critical that readers and writers develop automatic recognition of sight words, a skill that leads to fluency. Students need to be able to read sight words quickly without hesitation because sight words make up so much of written material. Comprehension begins to break down when students are focused on trying to decode or sound out the words.
Many sight words do not follow regular phonetic rules. As a result, these words are difficult for students to master. Young readers need to recognize these words as "sight words". In order for students to retain a difficult word, they need many opportunities to experience and manipulate it.
Here are some ideas for practicing sight words:
1. A dry erase board- write the word over and over, have your child say the word slowly as they write it and have them check it with their finger. Have a contest who can write the word first.
2.Read the sight words using funny voices. As you go through the sight word cards ask your child to read in the following voices: baby, robot, Frankenstein, goofy, scary, mad, old, underwater, etc.
3. Write the sight words-write several times, rainbow writing (each letter in a differnt color), make them with magnetic letters, write them in the air or carpet, write them on a magnadoodle, chalkboard, write them with a wet sponge or brushes on the sidewalk.
4. Board games-scrabble, go fish, bingo, boggle, word search, hangman
5. I'm thinking of a word game-it rhymes with___, the opposite of ____, etc.
6. Use sight word flash cards
7. Use the sight words to make sentences (begin with 2 word sentences, gradually move up to more words)
8. Play a matching card game with sight word cards( match cards whose words begin with the same letter or syllable, rhyme, etc)