With the oldest at school during the day, I tend to spend a lot of time getting creative with the preschooler. But with Christmas break and an extra week off due to the weather, the kindergartner and I had plenty of time to really play with sight words. We had fun with these 2 simple ideas for sight word practice at home.
At the beginning of the year the teacher sent home a set of flashcards with the sight words written on them. But, honestly, flipping through sight words gets boring after 1-2 words. Plus, my daughter is a mover! So I wanted to incorporate movement in our sight word practice.
Our first activity involved sand.
I poured some sand into a large cake pan, making sure it was enough to cover the bottom completely. Then I gave her an unsharpened pencil to “write in the sand.” She practiced saying the sight word aloud and then writing it.
The novelty of having the sand to write in made it more fun than just using pencils or markers. Plus, it just feels different!
Our second activity is one we have done before, and it was a big hit! (Pun intended!)
I spread 5-6 sight word cards out on the floor at a time and then called out a word. She had fun trying to hit them as fast as she could.
After a while, I stopped calling out words and she took over, yelling out the words and smacking them! She was having so much fun that the preschooler came over and wanted a turn. (He did pretty good when I spelled the words I wanted him to hit!)
We will definitely be playing with sight words again! It was a great way to get some wiggles out and do some learning all at the same time this week!