Teaching sight words is very important, especially with children with a speech and language impairment. Often these children have difficulty sounding out words because they can't actually say the sounds. This doesn't mean they can't learn to sound out words, but for my students, sight words are an essential component to learning how to read.
The best way to work on sight words is by concentrating on a small number (5 or 6) each week and when they are mastered, move on to the next set.
One of the best units I found to do this is from my friend Mary over at Sharing Kindergarten. In her Sight Word Station pack, she divided up the Dolch word lists into weeks. She has 14 stations that work on the same 5 or 6 words each week. Each week has the same stations but with different words.
Here are just a few of the activities we do each week.
These are the word puzzles. I mix up the letters and have the kids make the words.
Rainbow writing is also a favourite. We use pencil crayons, crayons, markers, paint or whatever interests the children.
Sentence scramble is always a little harder but a very important skill to work on. We don't want to just work on the words in isolation. We want to show the children that putting them together make sentences.
Roll a word is another favourite game. We roll the dice and colour in that word. The word that makes it to the top first is the winner. It's important for the children to say the word each time they roll the dice in order to internalize the words.
Read, build and write, can also be tricky because the little pieces can sometimes become misplaced but again this an important skill. The children learn that the individual letters when combined, make up the words.
Along with our sight word stations I send home a sight word ring each night. I ask that parents review the words at home. Each day I have a volunteer ask the children their words and keep track on my assessment sheet. I can easily see if the children are picking up on words we are doing. Once they know the list we are working on, I have the volunteer add the next list of words.
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