Showing posts with label sight words. Show all posts
Showing posts with label sight words. Show all posts

Friday, June 10, 2011

Today's Reading Tip: Activities For Your LeapFrog TAG Reading System

Do you own a LeapFrog TAG Reading System?  If not, I highly recommend it! This system comes with a "pen" that when placed on top of words or markers in TAG specific books will read the word or story aloud to a child.  I love both of the TAG systems: The TAG (which allows the child to read a whole page/portion of text, or will read word by word), and the TAG Jr. (which has simpler features for a younger child).

I also like that I can incorporate activities to go along with our TAG system, such as:
  • I will put a sticky note on the page with the number of the words "the" on the page and have LoLo find them.  I will do this same activity for every sight word we have previously worked on.  Then, I just leave the notes in the book so he can play again later.
  • I will say a word to LoLo and have him use the TAG word to find it.  Since he is a very early reader, I choose an easy consonant-vowel-consonant word like 'cat' and have him find it with his eyes and check his answer with his TAG pen.
  • I will ask him questions about the story and have him find the answer with his TAG pen.  This works best for one-word answers that are specific in the text.  An example would be "who found the bone?" and he points the TAG pen to the word Scooby.
If you do not yet have a TAG pen and books, what are you waiting for?

Monday, May 23, 2011

Today's Reading Tip: Showing Sight Words Everywhere

Right now I am working a lot with teaching LoLo (age 4) his sight words.  I start by teaching the words through chants, for example: T-H-E spells the, T-H-E spells the, high-ho the dairy-oh T-H-E spells the.
As we sing this chant, we often have an index card in front of us with the word written on it.  I point to the letters as we chant, then we look for the word everywhere.

When I read stories at night, I have LoLo point to all the words the on the page.  Or sometimes I will stop reading and ask him what the word is.  I show him examples in my books, magazines, and mail.  He gets really excited that he can recognize this word so quickly all over the place. I make sure that as we learn new sight words that we always review the previous ones.

Quick Fact: Here in the state of California, kindergarten students should be able to recognize (and at some schools spell) the top 100 sight words!  That is quite a task for a 6 year old.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Today's Reading Tip: Use Flashcards A New Way

When you hear the words "Flash Cards," you probably groan out loud.  I know I still do.  That is most likely because you grew up putting all types of things on flash cards and studied them with the "drill and kill method" (emphasis on the 'kill' part)!  Well, I like to use flash cards with my students in different ways:
  • Play the Memory Game: make 2 cards for everything you are focusing on (ie: sight words).  Lay them face down in a random order and play the memory game. Winner is the person to get the most matches.
  • Play "Smack It!"  I made this one up, and my students just love it.  Put your flash cards face up on the floor and give each player a fly swatter.  Shout out a word on a card and the first person to smack it gets a point (or you can remove the card to make it easier).
  • Play Word Detective.  Assign each student a word card (or a few if older players).  This game works best with sight words (aka: high frequency words).  Have each detective find the word somewhere in the room.  This game works great in a classroom or written word enriched environment.  If you are playing at home you can open up books and lay them on the floor and have the detectives find them that way.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Today's Reading Tip: Constant Exposure To Print

The more your child is exposed to print the more she will take it in.  I suggest doing a room make over and placing print all over the walls.  One great way is to get some wall decals for your child's room.

I love these ones on ETSY:
-For Preschoolers who are just learning letters:
  • This alphabet tree from Decalsmurals on ETSY is really cute and would help with letter recognition.

-For more advanced readers who can build their own words:

Monday, May 2, 2011

Today's Reading Tip: Benefits Of Using Your Finger While Reading Aloud

Today's reading tip comes from a question I received regarding using your finger while reading aloud to your child. 

You all probably already know many of the benefits that come from reading aloud to your child (phonemic awareness development, fluency development, etc), but did you know that using your finger to point to words as you read also has big benefits? 

When you read to your child at night, do you show him the pictures? Of course you do! One reason to do that is so he can tell what the story is about even if he does not understand all of the words you are reading.  Now that your child is beginning to understand that words on a page mean something as well, you should be pointing them out too-and I do mean that literally.  By pointing to the words on the page as you read them, you are teaching your child one-to-one correspondence.  This skill will help him develop an understanding that each word has a meaning, and that every word is made up of a series of sounds (or phonemes).  This understanding is an important concept to master in order to begin reading independently.

HINT: DO NOT point to each word with a sharp movement under the word.  Instead, slide your finger along under the words as you read.  Children who adopt this movement themselves when reading are more likely to read faster and more fluently!

New Series: Today's Reading Tip!

Today I will be launching my new series "Today's Reading Tips!"  This series will send a new tip everyday (M-F) to help you teach your child how to read.

From tips on how to teach sight words, to tips on segmenting and blending, I will cover it all. 

Please make sure you follow me via email so you will get all the latest tips straight to your inbox when they are posted!

Let me know if there is something specific you would like covered.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Sight Word Game #1

Learning sight words is often times done with flashcards and repetition.  Works for some, but not for all.  I really suggest making learning sight words a game. 
Here is one game I like to play with my son (4 years old) that he just loves.

Here is what you will need:
  • old magazines, newspapers, or flyers that come in the mail
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • plain paper
  • pencil
Take the plain paper and fold it in half long wall, so you have a vertical line.  Write one sight word at the top of one side, and another on the other side.  We only do 2 words at a time right now because he is only 4, and we have learned "the" and "and."  Then have him find the words in the magazines/papers you have.  For my son, I show him a page that does have the words on it and tear around the paragraph or phrase.  He then has to find the word, cut it out, and glue it on the correct side of the paper.

This game makes learning those sight words a little more fun and exciting, while exposing him to recognizing different fonts, capital and lowercase letters, and different styles of writing.