I've talked several times about how Mason likes to operate on his own timetable that we lovingly refer to as "Mason-Time" :) I've also talked about how his perfectionist tendencies sometimes keep him from trying things that he doesn't feel like he's going to be great at right away.
Mason loves school, loves his teacher and doesn't complain about the homework he has BUT sight words have been a BEATING!!! We've learned that rote memorization isn't his strong suit and last week I reached out on Instagram to see if anyone had a great recommendation for helping him and was OVERWHELMED with the response from parents and educators via that post and email. So many creative, engaging and helpful ideas and I was beyond appreciative! I figured that we can't be the only ones struggling to stay on top of the growing list of sight words and thought that I'd compile and share all the ideas that were offered as an easy-to-find resource for other parents.
My plan is to try start using some of the ideas and then come back and update this post with feedback about how they worked/didn't work for him.
I also created a Pinterest Board to keep track of ideas that I want to try...
I tried to condense the comments to eliminate the duplicates and what's left is a CRAZY long list of amazing ideas.
**It’s important to follow the Rule of 3: If your child misses 3 sight words in a row, give them a high five, and stop for the day. This will encourage them and not leave them feeling defeated.
This one was a GAME CHANGER for us!!!
-Break the set of sight words up into either 5 or 7 days (each weekday or day of the week). Put the words through a ring and have him focus on just that day's words. Breaking it up doesn't seem nearly as overwhelming to a child! Plus a fun reward once he goes through that day's pile wouldn't hurt.
Saw your instagram post, as a soon to be teacher, and a current tutor and nanny we use the game Jenga! Cover one side with masking tape and put the words on them. When you pull the piece out you recite the words! Another game we played was a version of war - get a deck of cards and write sight words on them and then face each other! Even make different colour cards for levels of sight words and then Luke can play too! It works well as a math game too :)
-Sight word POW: This is by far my students' favorite sightword game to play. I got it free from Teachers Pay Teachers and attached it for you but basically put all the cards in a pile, show each kid a card and once they say the word they keep it. If a POW card comes up they have to give you back all the cards. They LOVE this game!
WOW, right?!?! I have a feeling that working through sight words and figuring out a study/learning method that works well for him now is going to come in handy when it comes to other subjects later in his school career.
Like I said above, the plan is to keep updating this post as we try things out and I'll let y'all know as I do. HUUUUUUGE thank you again to everyone who took the time to leave me a comment or send me an email. I so appreciate y'all taking the time to help us out and offer up advice.
Happy Thursday, friends!