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Sight Words and Word Families Week 3

Welcome to Sight Words and Word Families Week 3 where I will be sharing with you some free samples of worksheets, readers and activities that you may find useful in your classroom or home. You can read about Sight Words and Word Families Week 1 here.  You can read about Sight Words and Word Families Week 2 here.  Week 3 focus sight words: is, it, like, my Focus word family: am (Click the photo to download the sight words and word family word wall. Click here to purchase the complete Pre-Primer Sight Words Word Wall packet and here for the complete Word Family Posters packet.) Let’s begin by looking at some sight word beginning and struggling reader booklets. By far, my favourite booklets are the flip books. (Click here to view them in my store, or the picture to download free samples.) Children are not only reading the focus word in context, but if you using the accompanying worksheets, your beginning writers can also practice writing a sentence correctly. These booklets are definitely going to boost your beginning reader’s self esteem when they see that they were able to make their own booklet AND also read it! Another favourite reading activity of mine comes from the Sight Words Fluency Reading Homework packet. I created this packet for beginning readers to develop reading fluency, but it will definitely help your struggling readers too. The next set of early reader books focuses on comprehension as well as fluency and is included in the Reading Comprehension Sight Word Readers (Pre-Primer) packet. If you’re looking for a simple but effective way to to practice each new sight word as you introduce it, you can’t go wrong with the cut and paste word work set. Another fun way to practice sight word building and writing the focus word is with the Sight Words Build a Word booklets. For those kiddos who need handwriting practice as well as writing and reading and the sight word in context, you should check out my Sight Words Handwriting Book. If your kiddos are ready to tackle guided sentence writing, then this cut and paste sentence worksheet might be helpful. While booklets and worksheets are all necessary tools for teaching early reading skills, I am a big believer in hands-on activities. Building bricks are big hit in our home – in fact, all my kids (including my son in the 8th grade) play on daily basis with their Legos. So yep, I went along and created... read more

Sight Words and Word Families Week 2

Sight Words and Word Families Week 2 You know what they say, “Better late than never!” I popped in today to show you what Filip and I did for Sight Words and Word Families Week 2 and to give you some free samples of what we used to help you decide whether you’d like to try these activities or worksheets in your own classroom or home. You can read about Sight Words and Word Families Week 1 here.  Week 2 sight words: can, me, the, you Focus word family: an After we took down the first week’s worksheets, I glued them into a project book. As well as displaying our sight words and word family words in the room, I glued them into the project book like so. (Click the photo to download the sight words and word family word wall. Click here to purchase the complete Pre-Primer Sight Words Word Wall packet and here for the complete Word Family Posters packet.) Many of the activities we did this week are the same as what we did during the first week, but since it’s been so long since I blogged about the first week, I know you won’t mind seeing the activities again. We started each day with a Sight Words Word Find. (Click the photo to get this week’s word find freebies.) We then moved on to doing a Sight Words Cut and Paste activity. I love these worksheets as they focus on correct letter sequence and help children to grasp the concept that letter sequence is vital when reading and writing. (Click the photo to get this week’s sight words cut and paste worksheet freebies.) Then Filip did a Sight Word Q-tip activity. Of course, this was always his favourite because he got to paint and sprinkle glitter and all that stuff we all love 😉 (Click the photo to download some q-tip sight word freebies.) We did the above sight word activities Monday – Thursday. Each day, we also read from my Sight Words Fluency Reading Homework packet. I LOVE this resource as it incorporates both sight words and CVC words. AND each page builds on the previous one, making sure that sight words learnt in the past are never forgotten! This week, I printed out all the pages and bound them into a booklet. I think I like having them like this more than putting them into plastic sleeves. (Click the photo to get the pictures pages.) Friday, I decided to test my lil’ man to see how he... read more

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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