I discovered a fun way to help my Kindergardener learn his sight words! He loves to play with the plastic Easter eggs so I combined the eggs with his sight words. I choose to focus on 6 words at a time and used 12 eggs so that each word appeared twice. I cut small pieces of paper and wrote his words on them to put in each egg. Ideally I would have liked to use 12 of the same color eggs bust since each package has only 2 of each color that would have made for a whole lot of extra eggs so I settled on 6 each of two different colors. I placed the eggs in basket for Milo to choose eggs from and a basket for him to put them in when he correctly read the word in each egg. If he missed the word it would go back in the egg and into my basket to try again. Origionally I used the left over eggs from last year but my son is pretty sneaky. If he missed a word and the egg went back into my basket he would pick it again right away remembering what the word was without even looking at the written word. This is why I wanted all the same color eggs. Using two colors I figured out that he would choose all the green eggs and then all the orange eggs so I made sure one set of each word was in the green eggs and one was in the orange eggs. I felt this way he was learning the words more effectively rather than guessing at them.
When I feel he has mastered a word I remove that word from the eggs and add in another word from his list. So far he has been learning and retaining at least one word a day. The best part is this last week he achieved reading at grade level for the first time this year. Quite an accomplishment for my guy, I am so proud of him!
|sorry for the bad cell phone pic|