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I never knew how beneficial buying an IKEA rug for our homeschool room would be. It is by far my favorite piece in the room and we have used it for many of our learning activities. Our latest activity was a sight words game that, honestly, I created on a whim. As beginner homeschoolers, many of our lesson plans aren’t quite planned. I agree that some structure is needed for learning, but I enjoy having the freedom to create learning activities as we go.
Steps to Reading
What makes a great reader? Being able to sound out and identify words are certainly the stepping stones to becoming a great reader. Spending time each day reading age appropriate books is always a great way to get children interested in reading as well. We have focused on phonics and learning sight words for a while now, and the girls have done a great job as beginner readers. There is always room for improvement, and creating games, such as one I recently made up, will help build the confidence of any early reader.
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See it? Jump! Sight Words Game
We have several educational games and activities on our bookshelves, but sometimes we need a break from the usual. We have a set of wooden traceable sight words that they girls have traced on time and time again. Instead of doing the same old thing with them, I decided to put the words on the floor and allow the kids to burn off some energy with this simple sight words activity.
What You’ll Need
- Sight words–Write words on index cards or reuse words from a pre-existing activity. (Here’s a pack of 118 double sided cards from Educents.)
- Open space for jumping
How to Play
Place words out on the floor, making sure they are all visible. Choose a child to jump and locate a word. Call out the word and encourage the child to find and jump on the word. Repeat as necessary.
Encourage the child to independently jump on a word he or she knows. Have them announce what the word is and continue to do so until all the words have been identified. Make this option more interesting by keeping time. Repeat the game to see how quickly all the words can be identified.
My girls were able to quickly identify most of the words. The activity also allowed me to see what type of words they struggled with (in this case, words beginning with “th”) so I was able to focus the rest of learning time on helping them identify, sound out and read more “th” words.
Your child or students will love this game and you can play for years to come by simply changing the sight words!
What are your favorite sight words activities?
Other Sight Words Resources for Preschoolers through 2nd Graders
Stack ’em Game (Freebie)