An Easy & Affordable Way to Teach Sight Words

Lourdes is learning how to read!

I can remember vividly when her sisters were learning letter sounds, blend families and sounding out words. Such a magical time.

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This week we are focusing on sight words. Sight words, often also called high frequency sight words, are commonly used words that young children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so that they can automatically recognize these words in print without having to use any strategies to decode.

You can spend a lot of money on pre-packaged cards and lists to teach sight words. I prefer a simpler method.I use white paper divided into four squares. Using markers I write words on each squares. I color code my words – red for nouns, blue for action verbs, black for sight words and green for sentence starters (A and The).

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I make sure to use words that she has encoutered before. For fun, I add her name along with the names of people she knows like her sisters and Mee-Maw.

During the first couple of days we simply go over the words, flashcard style.

Then we play Build A Sentence Game. For this game I mix all the cards up and she has to build sentences. She absolutely loves doing this. She feels so good that she is actually making sentences. She especially likes creating silly sentences.

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After she builds a sentence correctly she then gets to write her sentence in her notebook or on the board (she enjoys board work).

This method of teaching sight-words works for us because it allows her to engage with words in a fun way. She also gets to put the words to work by creating sentences and she gets constant practice with the other words that she is learning as well.

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This is something that we are continually building. Every few days we add more words to the stack.

If you are teaching your little one to read, I strongly encourage you try this method.

Now It’s Your Time to Shine!

What methods have you used to teach your little one to read? What resources have you found most helpful…or even most harmful. We’d love to learn from you so please leave your response in the comment section below.

As Always,

Be Encouraged & Be Blessed!

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2 Comments

  1. Thanks so much for this. I found you on CastBox Podcast. Hope you continue your podcast. I am a 🏡 father in living as an expatriate in Shanghai.

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    1. Thank you Randy so much for your feedback. I am so happy it is helping you as you teach your children. Please continue to stay connected. Many blessings to you and your family!

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