My children love bowling, which is the inspiration behind our new Sight Word game.
Find it on the Activities page under "Bowled Over."
My Sight Word House is another way to practice the Sight Words without just reading flash cards. The goal it to build a Sight Word House by placing an Adventures Word Card on each window, two on the roof and one on the door.
And to make it even more exciting, there is a chance to steal Word Cards from other players!
This game is so much fun, students forget that they are practicing Sight Words and want to play it again and again. Use Word Cards for the Sight Words your students are finding difficult to remember, and pretty soon, they won't be finding them difficult any more!
Find it on the Activities page under "My Sight Word House."
My nephew loves trains. He loves his toy trains, he loves riding in trains, he loves stories about trains and he especially loves Thomas the train. So this is the inspiration behind "All Aboard!".
Load up the carriages with Sight Words you can read and then the train is ready to leave the station!
Put the words in a pile and as your child reads each word, s/he can load it onto a carriage. If s/he doesn't know the word, put it to the side for practicing later (perhaps using the Tic-Tac-Toe or Four-In-A-Row games).
The kids also have fun choosing different colored carriages and putting the train together themselves. And when the train is full of Sight Words, we line up with hands on the shoulders of the person in front, and we chug around the room to celebrate!
Find it on the Activities Page under "All Aboard!"
Recognizing Sight Words is good, but my goal is for my students to be able to read sentences. Build-A-Phrase helps children to do just that.
There are phrases for each Sight Word Story, so you can just use the phrases for stories that your child is working on, or can already read.
In its simplest form of the game, pick a phrase from the pile of phrases, and then using the Adventures-Word-Cards, find the words for that phrase and place them on the building blocks on the board until the phrase is complete. Then read the words in your phrase.
Variations on the game involve timing how many phrases can be built in 2 minutes, playing with other children and seeing who can build the phrase the fastest, and last of all, having your Little Adventurer create phrases for the game.
Find it on the Activities pages under "Build-A-Phrase."
Each Sight Word Adventures story introduces 12 new Sight Words. I've purposely kept the number small so that my students can start reading a real story very soon after learning a few words. But they still need to know those 12 words before starting the story.
Not being a fan of just reading flash cards, I created the game Ready-Set-Read! Children love to race, and race cars are not just for boys - my girls love this game too.
There are 3 different race tracks - each covering 12 of the 36 words from Sight Word Adventures Level 1. Select the track for the words your child is learning. Read through the words and have them repeat the words after you. Point at random words on the game board to quiz them on how well they recognize the words. Once they recognize at least half of them, you're ready to play. They will learn the rest as they play the game. Game instructions are included with the download.
Find it on the Activities page under "Ready. Set. READ!"
Tic-Tac-Toe and Four-In-A-Row are games that seem to have been around forever, and even toddlers know how to play them. Make these games a learning exercise by adding the Sight Words.
These are both great games for focusing on "difficult" words. Use words that your child is just learning or is struggling with. To help them to remember the words, have them say the word each time they place it on the game board. There are even blank cards for you to write in other words as you need them.
Find them on the Activities page under "Tic-Tac-Toe" and "Four-In-A-Row"
Valentine's Day can get very busy with planning treats, cards, chocolates etc. My children love all that stuff, but what they love most is when we sit together and play games, or watch a movie - or pretty much do anything where my focus is on them, rather than the 100 tasks I have to accomplish before bedtime.
So if your kids are like mine, they will love playing Winning Hearts with you!
This simple game introduces Level 1 Sight Words, and will have your children recognizing them in no time at all. It's rigged so that your child is more likely to win than you are, but which parent doesn't delight in their child's smiles of victory! And while playing the game is fun, knowing that your child is learning to read is even more valuable!
My children love this game and I will also be playing it with my students this Valentine's Day - after which, I will get to the 100 tasks that I have to accomplish before bedtime!
Find it on the Activities page under "Winning Hearts."
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