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How To Teach Your Children Sight Words

How to Teach Sight Words

A lot of my friends are always asking how I find ways to teach my 5 year old while we are at home. We do not home school and he is currently in VPK, but I do find lots of constructive ways for him to learn while we are hanging out during the day, especially while my younger two nap.

Here is a quick and dirty version of how I like to teach sight words!

  1. Flash Cards – Now I know a lot of people like to find other ways to teach besides flashcards. Believe me we don’t like anything to be boring around here. We use the flashcards to set the pace for the rest of the week. Usually we pick four from the stack and incorporate them into a routine throughout the week.
  2. Utilize the Mirror – Kids are in the bathroom all day long! To go potty, wash their hands, brush their teeth etc…..I decided to take advantage of this time. Whatever words he pulls from the stack I write on the mirror! We go over them every morning and evening and he sees them all throughout the day. He will be washing his hands and saying the words by Thursday. I LOVE this idea because it’s constructive and gets him excited. We use the Crayola Window Crayons and they work great! If you can’t find them in the store, you can order them HERE.
  3. Hide and Seek Sight Words” – This is the name we came up with for finding the words in a book! We read all throughout the day, so I decided to incorporate this game to get him more involved in finding the words in a text. It keeps him more focused on the story as well!
  4. Write the Words – The last way I like to teach them is by having him write them out. Once a day seems to be working fine or him. He is learning the words and getting in some writing practice as an extra bonus!

 

This is how we teach sight words every week.  Keep the older cards out of the stack and review them every Sunday before picking out the next words of the week!

What are some ways you teach your kids sight words? I’d love to hear from you!

Hope this helps everyone!

-The Tug Wife

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