Thursday, September 14, 2017

Sight Word Activities for PARENTS

Easy and fun sight word ideas
Last week, after a meeting at church, I chatted with a sweet friend. She asked me, "Liz- what in the world are SIGHT WORDS, and do you have any ideas for how my daughter and I can practice them at home?" (Her cutie had just started Kindergarten...) Before long, a few other Moms joined in on the conversation, and I knew right away I wanted to write a blog post sharing EASY and FUN sight word activities that parents can do at home with their kiddos.
Just as parents help their child study for a weekly spelling test, they can also help their child read and review their weekly sight words. This blog post is filled with ideas for PARENTS to help their children practice and review their sight words at home to compliment what the teacher is doing at school.
Sight word activities and ideas for K-2, homeschool, for parents
Sight word activities at home should be...
1. Tactile/Hands On
2. Games/FUN
3. Visual
You want your child to have an opportunity to build, touch, and experience the sight words so that his or her brain can make a connection between the letters and the word itself. It's all about exposure, repetition, and practice.
1. Glitter Sight Word Flip Books 
Tactile sight word book using glitter glue
(This video explains how to make them.) 
2. Whipped Cream/Shaving Cream Writing
Ideas for parents to practice sight words at home
Spray some whipped cream or shaving cream on the counter or table. Have your child spread it out and then practice writing his sight words. Provide a flashcard or list for reference. It's all about practice, repetition, and exposure to the words. Don't worry if your child needs to look at the word list.
3. Sand/Sugar letters
Fun idea for reviewing sight words and letters at home
Get a school supply box or cookie sheet with edges and fill it with play sand or granulated sugar. Have your child practice writing sight words in the sand with his or her finger. It's all about the touch! *Hint: You do not need very much sand!*
4. PlayDoh
A great way to practice and learn sight words at home or in the classroom
Flatten a piece of play doh and use a toothpick or skewer to write sight words in the PlayDoh. Kiddos can also form long snakes with the PlayDoh and then build the words with PlayDoh.
5. Build the Word
Build the word using magnetic letters, cut up pool noodle pieces, alphabet cereal, or with yummy items from the pantry!
Engaging sight word activities for teachers and parents
Brynn had a blast with this pool noodle sight word activity. Such a cutie. 
Use Twizzlers to build sight words. Fun and easy!
PULL AND PEEL TWIZZLERS
They are so easy to bend and shape. So much easier and less messy than PlayDoh. Delicious too! :)
Sight Word Ideas and Activities for Kindergarten and First Grade
Sight Word Snacks: Pull and Peel Twizzlers, pretzel sticks, raisins, chocolate chips, spaghetti noodles, Cheerios, Cheez-It letters, animal cracker letters, string cheese...
6. Go Fish
Make a set of playing cards with index cards using the words of the week or the words your child needs to review. (2-4 per word) Deal the same number of cards to each player and then leave a "Go Fish" pile in the middle.
7. Memory
Sight Word Game: This would be perfect for centers and small groups.
Make a set of playing cards using the words of the week. (Two per word) Place all of the cards upside down. Each player flips over two cards and reads the words aloud. If the words match, the player keeps the pair. The player with the most matches wins. *If you child has A LOT of words to learn, start with just a few and then add more to the memory game as they become more comfortable with the words. Your child will be extremely frustrated if they have 20 cards in the game and they can't read any of them, so start simple.*
8. Hopscotch
Great activity for preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade
Grab some chalk and make a hopscotch board in your driveway. Fill in the week's sight words, and have your child hop across while practicing the words. While you are outside enjoying the weather, let your child decorate the sidewalk or driveway with all of his or her sight words. 
9. Hide & Seek Sight Words
Write the weekly sight words on sticky notes. When your child is not looking, hide the words all over the house! After you hide the words, let your child loose to go find all of the hidden words. For extra practice, your child can write the words after he or she finds them. This game is so easy and endless fun! 
Great sight word activity for parents to try at home
Tip: Collect found words on a clipboard.
10. Printable Board Games
I love this editable game from Playdough to Plato. It's FREE! I love that you can type in the words that you want on the game board. So cute and fun for practicing new sight words. (If you don't have a TpT account, you will need to sign up to download the freebie.)
11. SWAT Game
Write all of the weekly sight words on index cards. Grab a fly swatter. Yes, a fly swatter. :) Call out one of the words. As quickly as possible, your child SWATS the word with the fly swatter. Silly fun! If your child is struggling with ALL of the words, just start with 2-3words. Add a few more words as they become more familiar with the words.
12. Sight Word Password
Sight Word Password printable
Kids love secret passwords. Use this love of passwords to help learn sight words. Pick the trickiest word of the week and make that the "password." Write it on a big piece of construction paper and post it somewhere in your house that gets a lot of traffic (i.e. the bathroom, the fridge, the pantry...). To enter the pantry, everyone in the family must read the password. Hearing Mom, Dad, and older sister say the "password," as well as looking at it and making a connection with it throughout the week will help your child remember it as well. Remember, it's about exposure, repetition, and practice.
Password Poster printable- for sight words
If you are a teacher, please feel free to share the link to this blog post with parents in a weekly e-mail, class newsletter, during Parent Teacher Conferences, etc. Please e-mail me at TheHappyTeacherTPT@gmail.com if you have any questions.
If you would like to download the sight word cards I used, visit my TpT store.
Dolch Sight Word Cards and lists by grade level
12+ Easy and Fun Sight Word Activities for Parents, Homeschoolers, and K-2 Teachers

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