Mastering sight words is critical for students’ reading success. And, let’s face it. There aren’t enough hours in the day for us to help every student master every sight word. Plus, since sight word retention requires repetition, we need students to be exposed to the words and practicing them more than just during the school day. This is where our greatest teaching assistants come into play! Parents can help students master their sight words in fun and engaging ways at home. While spending quality time together, parents and students are also ensuring reading success! Here are ten ways parents can help their children master sight words at home.
Parents, these are for YOU! 🙂
1. Shine a light on it! Tape index cards with sight words on them on the ceiling or on a wall. Use painter’s tape so it doesn’t damage the paint. Turn the lights off, and have your child shine the light on a word and read it. Or, leave the lights on and call out a word. See how quickly your child can find that word and shine a light on it.
5. Write it! Pour salt or sugar on a baking sheet or in a shallow box. Let your child “write” the word in the sugar or salt. This is actually a Montessori technique that works great because your child is learning the word through movement, texture, and sight!
6. Stick to it! Purchase magnetic letters at the dollar store and put them in a bowl. Have your child spell words using the magnetic letters. They can stick the letters to the fridge or even to a cookie sheet!
Want to grab a free parent resource packet to help your child master his sight words at home? Here you go!