Sight words are an important part of teaching little learners to read. When it comes to making them stick, some of my littles really struggled with that concept. Here are few things we did in both our kindergarten and first grade classroom to help sight words stick!
Use music and motion when learning them!
Brain research supports music and movement with learning abundantly. We love using the songs by Have Fun Teaching YouTube videos. There are videos for more than 50 sight words!
Play sight word games daily!
In our classroom, we would play games during transition times or during downtime while waiting to go to lunch or while taking whole class bathroom breaks. We loved playing Guess My Word, Finish My Sentence, and Write It! Erase it! Write It! Grab the directions to play these sight word games HERE for FREE.
Make sure sight words are in front of students all the time!
An easy way to do this is to use sight words as table names. I simply printed the sight words, used sticky tac, and attached them to my community supply tubs on each table. A dear teaching friend of mine likes to put the sight words on index cards, then attaches them to a ruler and sticks the ruler in her community supplies tub. If you don’t do community supplies, another idea is to hang them from the ceiling! Any way you do it that works for you is great, just get those words in front of them!
Find them and point them out constantly!
Sight words are everywhere. There is a reason that they are what they are. They are all over text and should be all over your room. During shared reading or interactive writing, stop and point them out. Kids can highlight in their own paper books, too. We loved using Reading A-Z little printable books for this purpose (and guided reading instruction, but we can talk about that later)!
What do you do in your classroom to help make sight words stick? I’d love to hear!! If you are looking for more sight word practice, these are great for homework, morning work, or for small group time as you focus on specific words!
Grab my sight word practice pages HERE.