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Learning to read is a huge process, and it starts day one. Not the first day of kindergarten or even preschool, but as soon as your baby hears your voice, they have been initiated into the world of language. That is where it all starts. While reading is most definitely developmental and children will gain skills as they grow if they are in an engaging environment, there are still parts of reading instruction that need to be more formal.
If your child is in PreK – 1st grade, they are probably working with sight words. Now I say PreK only because I know that many programs work on them at this stage. I am not a huge fan of that unless the child is obviously ready and willing, but that’s a topic for another day. If you are expected to work on sight words with your kids, let ME help you make it fun. This sight word game will take care of it!
Sight Word Ornament I-Spy Game
Gather your materials. You will need some foam ornaments. Alternately, you could make some with cardboard or old Christmas cards. You will also need pipe cleaners, scissors, a marker, and a list of sight/high-frequency words. My phone is pictured because I just googled it for my daughter’s list. I would email your child’s teacher as your first step or check here.
Start by writing the sight words on the ornaments with a marker.
Cut the pipe cleaners in three to make the hooks.
Add the hooks.
Hang them on the tree. You can see I only did nine words. One of the tricks to making learning activities fun is to keep them short. Do this game a few times over the break. Then flip the ornaments over to add new words and play another few rounds. You don’t need to be a drill sergeant or take up family time to play this game and help your child with these words.
Here is a quick look at our game I shared on Instagram (the soundtrack is, of course, optional).
If you want to keep learning the same list of words, you can hide these words around the house (you might want to take the hooks off) and use them for a scavenger hunt. You can make two sets and play a matching game. Or like I suggested earlier, simply flip the ornaments over and write some new words and have fun all over again.