Below are various suggestions on ways to help you at home work with the Scarsdale Kindergarten Sight Word List (or any sight words) we will be learning this year in Kindergarten. Our sight words will be worked on throughout the year. I will mention specific sight words on our Newsletter.
a, am, and, at, be, can, do , for, go, have, he, I, in, is, it, like, me, my, no, on, said, see, she, the, to, we, you
Sight words should be recognized by
SIGHT. “Sounding out” will not always
work, and students should be able to read
the word in 5-8 seconds.
Practice in short sessions. Two 8 minute
sessions will be more productive than one
16 minute session.
If the child becomes frustrated, change
activities or take a break.
Set goals with your child. How many can
he get right? Raise the goal by just a few
each time to build in success.
Flash Card Games
1. Can you find? Lay cards on table, face up.
Ask the student to find a given word. If they
find it, they keep it. Keep going until all cards
are picked up.
2. Who has more? Flash cards to student. If
they read the word within 5 seconds, they
keep the card. If not, you keep the card. The
goal is that the child has more than you at the
end of the game.
3. Concentration Using double copies of the
words, take turns turning over two cards at a
time, trying to make a match. The player must
read the word correctly to get the match.
4. Go Fish Using double copies of the words,
pass out all but 5-6 of the words. Put these in
a stack, face down, on the table. Look for
matches in your set of cards (each player
must be able to read the word or the set goes
in the stack on the table). Take turns asking
each other for cards to make matches. The
person with the most matches at the end is
5. BINGO Draw a simple Bingo card (5 boxes
wide and 5 high) and put sight words in the
boxes. You may need to repeat words to have
25 words. On little slips of paper put the
locations (B1 etc.). Draw a slip and if the child
can read the word in the box they get to put a
token in the corresponding box on his BINGO
card. If he can’t read it, you get to put a
token in your corresponding box. The winner
is the person who gets 5 boxes in a row.
(Ideas from S A N T A R O S A C O U N T Y blog )
Here is list of Multisensory ways to learn and practice sight words:
* Have your child write sight words with glitter glue
* Have your child write sight words with wikki stix
* Have your child write sight words with playdoh
* Have your child write sight words with puffy paint
* Put craft sand on a paper plate. Have your child practice tracing sight words
in the sand.
* Put hair gel in a ziploc baggie. Seal the baggie. Have your child write the
letters of the sight word in the gel.
* Squirt shaving cream on a plate or table. Spread the cream. Have your child
write the sight words in the shaving cream.
* Jump, hop, clap, tap out the letters of the sight word (t-h-e “the”).
* Make sight word flashcards on 3 x 5 index cards and place them on a ring.
Short and frequent practice with naming the words works better than longer
sessions. Try reviewing the cards during commercial breaks.
* Draw a star on the back of a 3 x 5 index card. Place this card and the flashcards
face down on the table. Take turns turning over a card and reading the
words. Try to be the player who finds the card with a star.
* Play “Slap Jack” with the sight word and star cards. When the star card is
turned over, the first player to slap it wins.
* Make duplicates of the sight word cards and play the memory game.
* Make several 5 x 5 grids and put sight words in the squares. Make your own
chips with the words written on them. Play bingo.
* Write the sight words on sticky notes and place them on a wall. Turn down
the lights and give your child a flashlight. Have your child shine the light on