Learning sight words can be a daunting challenge-just ask any beginning reader! Use this Lego Sight Words Game + Activities help!
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My boys have varied in how quickly and easily then have learned sight words. For my older two boys, they picked up sight words in a snap. With each boy, I used a method shared by my mom, how a retired public school Kindergarten teacher. (I will be sharing this method-plus many more sight words learning tips-in next post!).
Smiley, my 6 year old, struggled a bit with learning sight words-using the same method I used with Captain and Professor. He required an approach that would capture his attention and be hands-on. Also, the method needed to be interactive-this boy is VERY social!
What is a concerned momma (who loves to create new ways to teach her boys) to do?
Make a Lego Sight Words Game!!
Can you relate to any of these scenarios?:
Is your child struggling to remember sight words-despite constant drill?
Are you baffled at how to teach your child sight words in a way that will help them retain-and have fun?
Does your child require a hands-on approach to learning?
Would your child benefit from an interactive style of sight words work?
Do you need to change things up a bit and add a bit of pizazz to sight word learning?
Well, my friend, I believe I have the answer for you!
Lego Sight Words Game + Learning Activities
I created this sight words game for a variety of reasons. I needed a fun, hands-on way to get Smiley to learn his sight words. He was getting bored-and getting bored for Smiley usually means little to no attention.
I thought about what he is interested in and how he learns. As I struggled to search for a sight word teaching strategy that may work for him, I overheard him playing with Bear. They were having a grand old time doing one of their most favorite activities-Legos!
Bells started ringing, smoke started swirling…all that good stuff when Mommy starts to think!
I tested out a few ideas that got lukewarm reactions. (**note: Bear HAD to play too! He and Smiley are practically attached at the hip plus it’s Legos!).
Not satisfied with their responses, I kept plugging away and burning the midnight oil. (Okay, I now have U2’s “And I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” song in my head!)
I had a few requirements for our final Lego Sight Words Game version:
- reusable (I do not like to go through a lot of paper-or money!)
- affordable (free is always good!)
- challenging (within child’s reading level)
- multi-subject (I love when we can include math, writing, etc. into one chunk of learning!)
- non-competitive (I have a few boys who have trouble with this area-needed reminder that we all win by learning!)
- easy to store (It all fits in a folder!)
What is included in Lego Sight Words Game + Learning Activities?
Well, enough to keep Smiley and Bear happy (and learning!) for an extended period of time! (Bonus!)
- 20 pages of sight words activities
- 2 pages of game board (laminate and use clear tape to attach)
- 2 pages of game cards that include color words and math practice (addition/subtraction)
- game rules (guidelines, advice whatever you want to call it!)
- Dolch sight words lists-in easy to use bookmark forms
- Fry sight words lists-also in easy to use bookmark forms
- Build a Tower of Power (with sight words!)
- Writing page with room to record sight words used and learned during game
- Pattern page to create patterns with earned Legos
- Counting & Graphing Page to practice these important math skills
I included both Dolch and Fry sight words for use. Different reading programs use different lists. Also, perhaps one list works better for a particular child?
Are you wondering what is the difference between Dolch and Fry sight words? I know that I did! I had no idea there were different sight words lists.
Here’s what I found in my research on these 2 types of sight words (for more information, read here):
- both lists were created by doctors-just in different time periods
- both doctors believed in “whole language” vs. phonics
- both sets of words are known as “sight words” or “high frequency words”
Dolch sight words lists were created in 1936. There are 220 words with 100 known as most frequent. Interestingly, there are no nouns included in these lists. (A separate list of 95 nouns was later created.)
There are 1000 sight words included in Fry “instant” word lists. These lists were first published in 1957 and revised in 1980. All parts of speech, listed by frequency, are included in Fry “instant” word lists.
Research has shown that a short introduction, followed by phonics instruction that includes sight words, is (typically) the best approach to teach children to read.
I think this Lego Sight Words Game + Learning Activities is a fantastic way to supplement any curriculum or approach you use to teach your child to read!
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I pray that this Lego Sight Words Game + Learning Activities blesses your family!
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