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Sight Words Activities with FREE Printables

As Sticky Bean enters Kindergarten 1 this year, I start to feel the pressure in her academic progress. Her school has been giving her homework every Friday as well.

Much as I sympathise with young children in Singapore these days and how we emphasize on academic results in young children from such an early age, I need to ensure that she's prepared for Primary 1.

I am still a firm believer in playful learning hence I always try to find fun ways to teach Sticky Bean through play.

Now, learning or teaching sight words can be challenging as you may not be able to sound some of them out. Some of the sight words require the child to memorise it by heart. This ain't gona be easy...aarrgghhh...

Alas, I found some ideas online, actually, there are tons of ideas available online, since you can also google them easily, I'm not going to share them here.
I'll share what I did with Sticky Bean instead.

Every day, I'd write some sight words on the board, those that I just taught her and those that she already knew. This is for revision purpose, else she'll easily forget about the new words 2 days later.

Then I'd proceed to introduce the new word for the day, in this instance, "and".

She'll then 'stamp' on this worksheet as she spots all the "and", something she always enjoys doing, stamping! If you have do-a-dot markers, it will be perfect but I'm too stingy to get one so I got these stamp markers from Ikea at a fraction of the cost instead.
You can download this free dab-a-dot sight words printable here.

Next, I wrote the new word on a post-it-pad and let her spell it out with magnet alphabets.

By now, she's pretty familiar with the word and letters in the word.

An addition manipulative I used will be the DUPLO blocks we have at home. I used our whiteboard crayon to write letters on the DUPLO blocks and encourage her to spell out the new sight word.

And voila! Looking at her happy face, you know how much she enjoyed this session and at the same time, she learned a new sight word today!

All it took me was 30 minutes for her to learn a new word. Of course, I revised the new sight word with her over the next 2 days and be sure to point out the new sight word whenever we read as well.


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