Sight words are the foundation of reading. Most sight words cannot be sounded out. It is important for students to recognize these words immediately. Recognizing these words quickly will help with reading fluency.
Here are some multi-sensory activities you can do with your child to make learning sight words fun:
*Use flash cards to review the sight words
*Spray shaving cream in a tray, spread it out and write the words in shaving cream
*Sing songs that include the sight words
*Create the words with play-doh
*Write the words in sand
*Clap out the letters of the sight words
*Find the sight words in books you read together
*Read easy sight word readers
*Write simple sentences using the sight words
*Spread out rice in a tray or on the table and practice writing the words
*Play sight word bingo
*Place the sight words around the house
*Point out sight words on signs or in stores
Strategies to help when reading difficult words:
As your child reads, monitor their fluency and ability to decode the words. Offer helpful hints but try not to tell them the difficult word. Try these strategies first:
•Use the pictures as clues
•Encourage self correcting when the word does not sound right in the sentence
•Skip over the word then come back to it. The context of the sentence is often a great tip.
•Tap out the sounds
•Cover up the suffix (-s, -ing, -ed) with your finger and read the base word
•Break the word into chunks
Don’t forget to ask questions as they read. Be sure they understand what the story is about and can have a discussion about the book. We’ve been practicing a lot of story retelling, sharing their favorite part and telling why, and making a connection from the story to their lives or another text. Try this at home as well. Happy Reading!!