Mastering the letter sounds and how to sound out words are important aspects of learning how to read. Yet, there are certain words that just don’t “play fair.” These “unfair” words are not intuitively phonetic, which makes them very difficult to read and write. For these tricky words it is best for children to simply “memorize” them visually so that they can begin to automatically and successfully read and write them. Many of these words are frequently used in reading and writing, so it is helpful to give children a nice repertoire of words that they have mastered.
One simple way to achieve this is by playing sight word bingo. This game is appropriate for children who have already mastered all of the letter sounds and are starting to read simple words.
- Start with a simple game board, you can download one here.
- Print out two copies of the game board, so that you can cut up the words of one and use them to pick out of a box or a bag.
- For younger readers you can pick a word, read it out loud, and then give it to them so that she can visually match the word to their board.
- For more advanced readers, pick a word and read it out loud. Do not give them the word, instead encourage them to match it through your auditory dictation.
- This list of kindergarten sight words will come in handy if you want to add or change words.
Here are some other great resources for fun ways to teach your children to read…
- More sight word lists and games by Dolch Word
- Alphabet for Starters by No Time for Flashcards
- 50 Ways to Learn the ABCs by Hands On: As We Grow
- 10 Word Games for Kids by No Time for Flashcards
- 15 Amazing Ways to Experience Children’s Books by A Mom with a Lesson Plan
- 8 Literacy Apps for the Little Ones