At this point in the year we have learned dozens of sight words, also known as high frequency words. These are very important words for kindergarteners to learn because they are the words that appear most frequently in children's literature. Knowing these words automatically helps kindergarteners (and all readers) fluently read books. If they don't need to stop and deliberate over these words, they can save their effort and brain space for dealing with new and unfamiliar words. Plus, sight words are often words that can't be sounded out phonetically (like "are," "have," and "there"), so memorizing them will help young readers immensely!
We work with sight words every day, but I'm always looking for more creative ways to practice them. Here is one idea that I've been meaning to try, and it turned out awesome! Each kindergartener was assigned a sight word to color and decorate. Then we took goofy pictures of the kids holding them up, and put them into a slideshow. Tomorrow I'll show the slideshow to the kids and have them read the words...I think they're going to love it as much as I do! I especially love all the personalities that came out from the simple direction "make a funny face."
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