Strategies for Teaching Sight Words to Preschoolers

 

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Strategies for Teaching Preschool Sight Words Read Aloud. While you are reading aloud to your child or simply going about your day, be sure to point out sight words Write a Story. Write a book together, using sight words in repetition. The constant use and exposure to the words Play. Kids start learning sight words at a very young age.

Preschool teachers can further encourage the use of sight words by using strategies that help them. Teaching sight words doesn’t have to be difficult. All it requires it a few materials, some know-how and a lot of patience. Post signs on objects around the classroom.

Fun Sight Words Activities for Preschool Kids. Here are some fun activities for preschool kids that will help them learn their sight words: 1. Use Everyday Objects to Form Words. This activity is one of the most fun ways to teach sight words kindergarteners.

Learning Sight Words Through Sensory Play Playdough. An oldie but a goldie. Get your reader to trace their sight words into the playdough, using a finger or a Paint in a Bag. Squirt some poster paint into a sandwich bag. Seal the bag and cover with duct tape to ensure it.

One of the most important things to remember when teaching sight words is to make it both fun and memorable; HeidiSongs Sing and Spell the Sight Words DVDs offer a unique way to do just that. Heidi has a song for every sight word and each song is so catchy your kids will beg to sing them again and again. Kindergarten sight word list When your child is looking at these words on a daily basis, they will learn them quickly. Repetition is the key to fluency (reading smoothly, without a lot of pauses), so practicing these words over and over will help to achieve that goal. Teaching Sight Words Using Word Walls Word walls are a great resource in the classroom when they are put to use.

Just having a wall of words isn’t enough — students need to be taught how to use the wall. Playing games that allow students to interact with the wall can help students learn where the words are located. Explicit instruction is the time-honored method of teaching sight words, in which the teacher introduces the word, spells it, and has the child repeat until mastery. Stick with that; it’s a proven method! But it doesn’t have to be boring and monotonous.

The way I run my weekly sight word program is beneficial. Make two sets of flashcards for the sight words you want to teach your child, then play games with the cards. For instance, you can play Go Fish with word cards instead of number cards. You can also play Memory; just shuffle the cards and lay them face down. Your child will pick a card then try to find or remember where they saw the matching card.

5 Tips for teaching sight words Look for them in books. Draw a child’s attention to a word by looking for it in children’s books. You can start with Dr.

Hang them around the classroom. Keep the sight words “in sight.” Certain words such as and and the.

List of related literature:

Teaching/flash cards Portable, use few words, and offer visual interpretations.

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Traditionally, teachers use flash cards and games to teach sight words found in stories.

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We also create lists of common sight words and put them in a folder for students who are learning sight words.

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Seek their help in translating words into children’s first languages for classroom labels, vocabulary cards, word walls, and cognate charts.

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Teach them the poetic symbols for stressed (/) and unstressed (u) syllables, and then give them examples of words to scan: ask them to scan their names, ask them to distinguish between the noun and verb versions of “permit,” and ask them to mispronounce words by putting the stress in the wrong place.

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Sight words (those that kids learn to know on sight without decoding by sound) make great flashcards.

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Teach— ers can encourage sight word recognition by exposing children to commonly used words, such as names, number and color words, and environmental words.

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Some methods for teaching sight vocabulary are presented in the “Teaching Strategies” section of this chapter.

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Have the child use the letter cards to make the words, then help him or her write the words on the lesson sheet as you work through the lesson.

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Teach the organization and structure of paragraphs and teach signal words indicating transitions.

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  • This is definitely great ways for teaching sight words, however when you are a teacher in a public school it makes is difficult not impossible, but difficult to spend that much amount of money! But thats tour ideas are great!!

  • I have been teaching for years, I enjoy being creative! Thinking outside the box and this is definitely something I’m going to do today! Very interactive, very creative, so much fun! Thank you for bringing a fresh perspective! Thank God for you and the amazing gift He has given you! I’m elated to see what’s next definetly will stay tuned God bless you! ❤��������������

  • Good ideas. I wanted to start my son on some but his attention span isnt that great. But he loves the craft sticks and we have clotheapins i have no idea what to do with them this is a great place to start

  • Hello dear… Awesome work…
    Games are always good to the anything for kids… My son’s favorite is bingo game for sight word.
    https://youtu.be/18XJWIoThnE

  • Cheers for the Video! Excuse me for chiming in, I would love your thoughts. Have you heard about Millawdon Future Ticket Trick (google it)? It is a smashing one off guide for teaching children to read minus the normal expense. Ive heard some great things about it and my old buddy Taylor at very last got excellent success with it.

  • Love the ideas, but a little distracted by how many times you say “um…” in it. Would be a great drinking game to drink every time “um is said”

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  • Thank you so much for sharing. I’ve learnt so much from your video. I will definitely be watching it again and again. I loved all your practical tips. Jzk khayr sister

  • Not all sight words are not decodable.. You should go over the letters in each word. What about asking what do you notice about the word. Also, the students need to write the words as well.

  • If I were the teacher I would have written a sentence next to each sight word for students to see how that word is used in a full sentence rather than sit and talk. I mean teachers should take advantage of the whiteboard at all times. Just saying.

  • Another way to teach sight words using the senses is to use the different flavors of jello powder and have the children glue the letters and then sprinkle the powder on glued areas to create yummy smelling sight words. I do it over a large container and I only use one color at a time so when they shake off the extra ( if they haven’t gobbed the glue too much where it will drip and distort the word) it is able to be reused:)
    I also let them use clay to mold each letter shape until they spell the whole word.

  • I look forward to your weekly videos. You have definitely helped me to bring fun to my students during distance learning. Thank you!

  • These are really good ideas, especially if you’re working with kinesthetic learners. My eldest learns better this way while my middle child absorbs the work on sight and just “remembers” everything. Super useful strategies!��mA

  • It’s not really a secret to anybody who recognizes my partner because he tells the stories of his son’s learning capabilities even at a really young age. We both teach our own boy the right way to read with the aid of this particular studying guide. We used to read to him just before going to sleep, however right now he chooses his own books as well as reads to all of us. Research about this reading book on Google. The reading guide’s name is Elena Readoρiz
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  • Hello i wanted to know if they have to write simple sentences using their sight words by themsleves? Also do they have to know how to spell the sight words, and if so what do you suggest I do to help with knowing how to spell their sight words? Thanks

  • Great ideas! I really like that lakeshore set, but I’m trying to be good and restrain myself. When we use the Melissa and Doug letters, we put them all out on the whiteboard in order first to make them easy to find. I never thought of writing on he inside of the eggs! And we always wipe off the outside. That’s a really good tip. And stamping the stencil is such fun!

  • Great information,put we need to see those tips and strategies online or as I can say “in a practical way”.As the proverb says “easy said,hard done”.

  • My 2.5 year old is mastering 3 letter word blends (cvc). She can’t yet write so i am happy to see a very easy way to introduce sight words. I’m not a teacher, my husband and i simply can’t afford day care, nursery school, or pre-school even though we both work. So we’ve taken the initiative to teach her at home. I get ALL ideas from YouTube so thank you very much.

  • Thank you so much for these ideas. My girls are learning their sight words, and like you, I have to switch up the game like every 2 days. Thanks again!

  • I think most of these words are regular and easy to decode they don’t need memorising. eg from why would you need to memorise this word?

  • Love how you teach! We are voracious readers and love to read to kids! Hope you can all stop by and read with us too! Also, we are always looking for suggestions for what you’d like us to read so please let us know!��

  • Thank you for sharing simple and fun ideas that won’t overwhelm parents during this challenging time! I appreciate your kindness in taking the time to share!

  • Great strategies and tips for teaching sight words for all English language learners. I love using whiteboard markers. I think this makes learning more fun for students

  • Aysen is very passionate and creative. I’m very happy to see your YouTube channel. I will definitely use this activity with my nephew. Post more videos please!