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Sight Words and Word Families

Sight Words and Word Families Okay. Please don’t get mad. I know I said I would blog about Filip’s next step on his reading journey wayyy back at the start of the year. And I didn’t. And that’s bad. I know… I’m sorry. Just so you know, I felt really guilty about it. I mean, I had the photos all on my computer; all that I needed to do was edit them and write the posts. But, you see, I was really busy with life and creating resources for my Sunday School kiddos, and I just never found the time to blog. (You can see some of my Sunday School stuff here, although I do need to add to some new content there too – which I will… soonish!) Anyhow, moving along… I have a bit of an internal battle for quite a while; I couldn’t decide whether to introduce sight words to Filip. I knew we only had a month or two before he would head off to school and there he would be introduced to the super rigorous phonics curriculum called LEM Phonics. I worried that teaching him to “memorise” sight words would confuse him and he would stop trying to sound out words. I mean, I didn’t want to be the mum of the kids who would say “c…a..t…. kitten!” You know what I mean? So, that’s why I was conflicted! But he kept asking to do more school work. So, I decided we would make it fun, and not focus too much on reading sight words by sight. I encouraged Filip to sound out the ones that could be decoded, and we just memorised the ones that we couldn’t decode. (Throughout this Sight Words and Word Families post, click the hyperlinked text to take you to the complete unit in my TpT store/original resource link, or click the pictures to get the freebies!) Week 1 sight words: a, and, I, see Focus word family: at Here are some pictures I took during the week to show you some of the worksheets and activities that we did. One of Filip’s favorites was the sight words word find. This is a super easy activity that focuses on sight word recognition and requires no writing, so it is perfect for beginning readers. We grabbed our bingo dauber and dotted all the words. Here is what Filip did for “a”. Filip also did a Q-tip activity. This is another great activity for young learners who don’t yet write as this activity also helps... read more

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