Let's back up for a second, why are sight words so important? Well, they are the most frequently seen words in text and do not follow traditional spelling patterns. When words do not follow the "sound it out method" you need to be able to recognize them quickly based on sight memory. When sight words are mastered it allows for increased fluency of reading. An increase in fluency does not automatically mean that comprehension becomes stronger, but it does support it.
So back to ways to make sight word mastery engaging...
- pick a word and search for it together at the grocery store or while driving in the car
- play Oh No! or Race to the Finish or a huge favorite Bust the Burglar
- add sight words to games like Chutes and Ladders, Candy Land, or Sorry
- when you land on a square read the word
- good old fashion flash cards work for some kiddos
- use magnetic letters on the fridge to practice words or have fun with alphabet cereal or pasta
What do your kiddos do to learn their sight words?