Learning after school is something we try to do most days but we keep it fun. Making learning a game is my magic trick for my son who is possibly the world’s most competitive 6 year old. I set this sight word game up quickly and had it all ready for him before he got home. I wish I could take all the credit for this idea but it’s spin off from our contributing writer Kim’s amazing letter dominoes post from last year. After you read this one make sure you check it out.
- Gather your materials. You will need some sentence strips, a marker, scissors and a list of about 20 Dolch sight words. We used a mix of levels 1, 2 and 3. Dolch sight words are high-frequency words that are often thought to be best to teach children to read by memorization, not through decoding (sounding out/using other clues like context ).
- I chose some words that I knew would be easy for my son. Some that I wasn’t sure and a few that would take a few seconds to figure out. I always try to boost confidence with some easy, hit right on target for most and challenge him with some as well.
- Cut the sentence strips.
- Draw a line down the middle and write a word on each side.
- We played dominoes by placing one card down on the table and flipping the rest over from a pile over until we found a match. We played on the table because of the terrible light (winter weather is not blog friendly!). But we moved to the floor later where we had much more room to make a bigger and better domino structure.
- The next game we played with the cards was, even more, fun. Start with one card each on the same spot on the floor or a table with a clear finish line.
- Place all the other cards in a pile.
- Flip the card and when a match is found add it to your line.
- The person to reach the finish line first wins. He was counting to see who was ahead but we were neck and neck! Repeat! This game got him reading so quickly wanting to hurry up and flip to the next.
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