After your child has mastered the letters and sounds and have started to put words together, they are ready to start learning sight words. Here are a few techniques for teaching and mastering those sight words.
- As you read together, point out the words they they see most frequently. Say “Oh look! there is “said” again! Can you find another “said” on this page?” You could even give your child a highlighter and let them highlight the sight words you’ve been learning together.
-Create flashcards by writing your own notecards or taping the word on a popsicle stick. Sometimes its fun to ask the child to tell you what word you are holding up in a silly voice: “This time, when I hold up the words, I want you to say them in a Monster voice!” Other voices to try are: baby, grandma, opera, whisper, yelling, sad, or some sort of animal voice. Keep this activity light and filled with humor- learning sight words can be silly and fun!
-Point out the sight words you are learning on signs and boxes. Those words will pop up everywhere, encourage your child to keep an eye out for them!
-Let them create their sight words using letter manipulatives such as letter cubes from a Boggle Jr. Game or Unifex Letter cubes.
-Practice writing the sight words on a dry erase board or big lined paper.
-As they master a word, add it to a list or board where they can keep track of the words they have memorized. It does their little egos good to see all the words they have learned up where everyone can see!
-Continue to periodically review their mastered sight words. You can even keep some of their mastered words your flashcard stack so that they can have that positive boost from “knowing” some of them really well.