Sight words are words that kids need to know “by sight” – not sound out, not use picture clues, or any other strategies.
Recently, we started a Word Wall for JJ’s sight words — okay, a Word Refrigerator – so I thought I’d share about the Wall and some other ideas for learning sight words.
Word Walls are great repetition and practice for beginning readers. JJ can practice the words she knows on the Wall, Refrigerator. Also, we like to add in some counting! JJ counts up the total number of words she knows; she feels so proud of herself knowing that she can read words.
Sight Words in Context
I like to teach sight words as we read books. Right now Cat the Cat books by Mo Willems are JJ’s favorite.
1. I’ll give her a sticky note with a preprinted word like “the” and she’ll look for it while we’re reading. She adds this to her Word Wall after reading.
2. Other times we’ll read through the book. When JJ comes to a word she doesn’t know, I’ll tell her the word, we’ll practice it and try to find it again in the book. Finally, JJ will write the new word on the blank green sticky note for her Word Wall.
These are the Post-It Sight Words and Post-It Write Your Own Sight Words that we use.
I also have these Magnetic Sight Words.
More Sight Word Activities
Write the sight words in rainbow colors and cut up into an easy puzzle.
Make a Sight Word book.
Play this Sight Word Match Game on the computer
Download an iPad & iPhone Sight Word App.