Sight word acquisition is an important building block in the construction of a child’s ability to read. Once she is able to read these words, she has access to up to 75% of what is printed in almost any piece of children’s literature. How exactly do teachers and parents help children develop their stores of sight words? There are several proven techniques that any adult can use to teach sight words.
Children do not learn new words by being exposed to them only once. Repetition is key to sight word acquisition. Young readers should be given opportunities to read and write a new sight word multiple times. Repetitive reading of texts featuring certain sight words is one strategy for helping children commit these words to memory.
Once children have had the opportunity to study new sight words, games are a fun, hands on way to help strengthen their retention. These games are easy to create at home or at school and can be modified based on the particular sight words a child is learning at the time. We designed a game based on an all-time favourite, BINGO. The incentive to find a word coupled with the urge to complete a card, creates an active environment for memorizing these essential words.
The download includes 48 Sun-Moon-Star-Earth bingo cards as well as a set of 40 sight words to call out. All you need is lots of bingo chips and eager players, and you are ready to go.
Just click here to download the package.
Lora, I LOVE this! First of all, it’s something I never considered—as a writer, that is—because I’ve never intended to write specifically to teach reading, but it’s still something I SHOULD consider! Plus I love the creativeness of it 🙂 You remind me of Erica @momandkiddo. If you’re not aware of her, you should both be aware of each other! 😀
Great to hear Donna. I tried it out with my son as he is just beginning to master his first Sight Words. Thanks for your kind comments. Let us know if you ever want to guest blog. Warm regards.
Thanks, Lora 🙂 Once my blogs are up and running, I’m sure I’ll be looking to do that AND looking for guest bloggers (hint, hint 😉 )
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