Practicing sight words is an additional homework activity children can do during homework time. There are many different ways parents can work with their children. Here are some examples.
Start with the words the child is learning in class at school. Most of the time there are a few words introduced each week. Once those have been mastered, add more sight words on your own. Add words the child has difficulty reading, words from commonly read books, science vocabulary, social studies vocabulary, or use a sight word list (like from Scholastic, Hartcourt, or Fry's or Dolch).
There are several ways to practice. One way is to make flash cards of all the words. Have the child read the cards. Make a pile of the words, he/she knows and a pile he/she does not know. Then take 1-3 cards from the "don't know" pile and add them to the "know" pile. Only study the words in the "know pile." Once he/she has learned all the words, add 1-3 new cards from the "don't know" pile.
Another way to study is to make flash cards. Then have the child read all the words on the flash cards. The ones he/she reads correctly goes in his/her pile. The ones he/she reads incorrectly or doesn't know goes in the parent's pile. When the child has read all of the cards whoever has the most cards wins.
Another way is by using flash cards have the child read all the words and time how long he/she can finish reading all the cards. The next time the child practices, see if he/she can finish in less time.
Another way to study sight words is to play a memory game. Make two sets of flash cards. Mix up the cards and place them face down. Then play memory with the cards. This allows the child to recognize the sight words when he/she sees them.
Children can also look in books and see how many of the sight words he/she can find. These are just a few of the many ways parents can study sight words with their children.
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