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Sight Words, by definition, don't follow phonetic rules. They are not easy to sound out. They have to be memorized. However, memorization can be a tedious process when words are presented in endless lists with only auditory or visual clues. Sight Words are best learned though games.
You may want to begin by familiarizing yourself with some of the many different sight word lists from CanDo.
Suggestions for practicing with sight words are given at Literacy Connections.
For another overview of sight word games you may appreciate this Sight Word Game.com.
Er-u-di-tion is a sight word review game. Unlike most sight words games, this is a colorful & competitive board game. The game is built around the Dolch and Fry sight word lists, and while playing your child will learn over 300 key letters and words necessary for successful reading.
As adults and children interact with this game they will make their way around a board designed to look like a community. There are opportunities along the way to encourage vocabulary, ask questions, and build awareness. The game comes with 5 solid colored playing pieces. However, after learning the game my family has used Match Box cars and zoo animals as fill in pieces to add variety to the game.
There are many levels of play, which make this game beneficial to children of many different ability levels. My 2 oldest children are currently working on very different literacy goals, yet they are able to play the game together.
After playing for just a few months in our home, I sent the following testimonial to the creators of Er-u-di-tion,
“We have been having a lot of fun with Er-u-di-tion as a family. My 5 year old has declared it to be his favorite game of the summer. That is exciting to me as we are already seeing a lot of improvement in his sight word recall. The game is motivating and effective! My 3 year old is close to having the alphabet cards mastered too - yeah!”
Er-u-di-tion is offering one of our readers a chance to win a game of their own.
Parents - you will want a copy of this game to play at home.
Teacher - this game is a fantastic classroom resource appropriate for differentiating instruction based on the unique abilities of each of the students in your classroom.
To be entered to win, simply visit Er-u-di-tion's website and report back to us with something you learned about Sight Words and/or the game.
For additional entries:
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~Comment about which sight word list your child is currently working with
This giveaway will end on Tuesday, September 29th at 10PM EST. However, this fantastic learning game is always available for purchase.