TEMPLATES NOW AVAILABLE! CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION! Sight Word Practice Box I am so excited to share this with you all. I created it this weekend after feeling disorganized with the “system” we were using to help my son practice … Continue reading
Two Fresh Sight Words Practice Ideas Sight word practice was becoming a bit tedious here so I decided to spice things up a bit. Here is what I came up with: Sight Word High Five I wrote my son’s weekly … Continue reading
Kids love to erase and they love to play games. So, here is a super simple game where you kids can erase while practicing their rhyming skills. All you need is something to write with, something to write on and … Continue reading
I have never done anything like this before, but I thought I would give it a try. I asked over 50 of my fellow bloggers to share their favorite activities for teaching sight words to their children/students. I read through … Continue reading
My son has about 10 sight words to work on each week. And, each week, we write them out on colored paper, cut them out and hang them on the wall by his bedside. We read the words each night … Continue reading
As promised, Bottle Cap ABCs! Many thanks to my local Starbucks for collecting all these caps for me. If you are interested in trying these activities or Bottle Cap Math, ask your local coffee shop to save some for you! … Continue reading
I love finding something in an office supply store, taking it home, giving it to my boys and then watching what they do with it. I gave my youngest a few pads of sticky notes the other day and he … Continue reading
I just did a super fun and very spontaneous activity with my son which he loved! I was sitting on the couch working on my computer and my son was trying to read what I was writing. Without saying a … Continue reading
I did something today with my son that I have been wanting to do for a while. Today, we went on a Real World Word Search. You may now be wondering–What is a Real World Word Search? Well, a Real World Word Search … Continue reading
One of the best ways to teach children to read is, of course, to have them read. When they are in the very early stages of reading, there are not that many books out there that offer more than you can make at home. Don’t get me wrong, there are a lot of wonderful books and resources out there, but if you do not want to spend the money on them and you would like to personalize your books for your child, then this activity is for you. There is a bit of prep work involved, but depending how “perfect” you want your books to be will determine how much time you spend.
Creating a Sight Word Book
First of all, when creating the book, I wanted to keep in mind what research says about boys and reading.
- Research says boys want to read about themselves and to picture themselves in the story.
- Research says boys are more likely to read about things they are passionate about.
- I was incorporating the sight words we were working on in a recognizable and predictable manner.
- I was conciously creating a link between the words on his word wall and reading.
- with my son as the main character
- that incorporated all the different kinds of vehicles he loves.
- that uses the sight words we were working on.
- I Googled “free vehicle clip art” and found what I was looking for. I chose a picture of a car, a boat, a train, a truck and a bus.
- I printed each picture and cut them out.
- I then grabbed a picture of my son, put it in a word document, made it really small and printed it 5 times.
- I wrote the text- remembering the words I wanted have him practice– is, in and the. I printed the text out from my computer and then cut them out as strips. The text was super simple. It read–Cooper is in the car. Cooper is in the boat. Cooper is in the train. Cooper is in the bus.
I then took a few sheets of paper, cut them to the size I wanted, put a cover of colored paper on the back and the front then stapled one edge. On each page I glued–a picture of a vehicle–my son’s picture in the driver’s seat–the text at the top of the page.
- The last thing I did was “color” each word the same color as the card it was written on on our word wall. See picture below. I did this in order to be sure my son understood the connection between the words in the book and the words on his word wall.
The book was done and ready to read. I showed it to my son. He was immediately able to read all the sight words and figured out the rest of the words based on the picture clues. And, he didn’t need any help from me! It was a success!
Cooper is in…
A personalized book that focuses on the sight words is, in and the.
Cooper Likes to Swim
A personalized book that focuses on the sight words likes, to, and he and reviews the words is, in and the.
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