One of my goals this summer was to start on sight word recognition with AG. She’s got her letter recognition down, so it’s time to start focusing on letter sounds, blending and word recognition. My goal has been to do a little practice each day with her, sometimes it’s a quick 5 minutes and she’s done other times, she will sit for 30 minutes and learn away. I don’t push it with her, I don’t want her to dread sitting down with me and working on her words at this age. We’ll have plenty of those days over the next 14 years, no need to rush them!
At AG’s age, my focus with her is to help her see the connection between letters, sounds and eventually how they come together to make words. Word identification strategies, along with phonemic awareness and letter recognition practice are all components of reading. The sooner you start to focus on working with letters, sounds and words, the better for your child.
By now, you know I love Target’s dollar spot educational resources. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to Target over the last few weeks to pick up learning tools for AG. The one thing I’ve grabbed more than anything else are the magnetic letters and numbers. There are so many things you can do with the letters, many of which I’ll be showing you in the coming weeks. Last week, I showed you a simple letter recognition activity. This week, I have some sight word fun for your little one.
Here is what you’ll need for this activity:
It’s pretty simple. Place the cards on the cookie sheet and the magnetic letters in a bowl or container. Your child can do this activity on his/her own finding the letters and placing them either on top of the cards or underneath. I always start with guided instruction with AG and then move to her practicing independently.
Here are some questions I use to guide instruction when starting out:
*Where is the letter I? What letter is next to the letter i? What sound does the s make? S is for ssss ssss snake. What sound does an I make? etc.
*What letter is that (pointing to the r?) Can you find an r and place it under this one? What letter is next? Can you find it? What sound does it make? U is for umbrella. What letter is last? What other words start with an N? When we put r-u-n together it spells RUN. Sound it out with me r-u-n.
You get the idea of what we do together. We usually do a set together then she does as much as she wants on her own afterwards.