Kindergartners are getting so big, and many of them want to start spelling as soon as they figure out the letters. It’s adorable to watch them recognize letter shapes and put them together to make words.
For some kids, the process comes almost naturally. For others, it can be a bit of a task–even something they resent. So it’s important to help them and break down the process with fun, interactive games.
I’ve made a brightly colored sight words game you can use in a variety of ways. Simply download, print, laminate, and cut to make small cards. Then help your child have fun with their first school sight words.
- Play I Spy with the cards. Hide a few of them around the house. As your child finds them, they have to correctly sound out and say the word to keep it. Play until all cards are found.
- Highlight one or two cards a day. Post them on the fridge or in a prominent location. Practice spotting them as you are driving in the car, reading books together, or out shopping. See what you can find on signs, product packaging, and so forth.
- Buy balloons to match the game. Your child can practice writing their sight words on actual balloons as they match what the card says. Play balloon toss after, or pop balloons as your child reads the words on them.
- Print two sets. Let your child play a matching game, turning over all cards and revealing two at a time to find the words that match.
- Have a party when your child has mastered all the words. Balloons equal party, right? It doesn’t have to be super fancy, but you can make it fun. Bake cupcakes to look like balloons, write the words on them, and eat up! I’ve also provided three reward cards to offer your child as they progress and master their new spelling skills.
I like to keep spelling games as interactive as possible. Our kids are inundated with worksheets and sit-still activities at school. Many young learners struggle with this type of learning environment. So the more you can involve movement, the better. With online learning so prevalent now, it’s ultra important to offer a variety of learning methods that aren’t passive.
How have you successfully helped your child learn to read?
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