After your child has mastered their alphabet and letter sounds, it’s time to begin teaching them sight words. I have listed the site words I use below, I group them in groups of 7 words and I do not let my child move on until they have learnt every one of the words and can repeat them to me with no help.
Site words should be practiced everyday that you are schooling with your child. I keep notes on which words my child is struggling with, I spend a little extra time with those words. I would suggest you purchase a Scotch Thermal Laminator Combo Pack, Includes 20 Letter-Size Laminating Pouches, Holds Sheets up to 8.5″ x 11(TL902VP) and buy extra laminating sheets in every size, this is a great investment for every home school mom. I also recommend stocking up on Mead Index Cards, Ruled, 3 x 5 Inch, White, 100 Per Pack, 4 PACK because they can be used for so many things but especially for site words.
In order for your child to learn their site words, you can teach them using flash cards, I make all mine myself, that’s where the laminator and index cards comes in. This is a great way for them to learn, but I believe that using the site words in games will also help with their memorization. This is a list of 5 of my children’s favorite ways to practice their site words.
- Flash Cards
- Turn Site Words into a Puzzle
- Go Fish
- Say It, Spell It, Clap It, Shout It, Whisper It, Say It
We are on group 4 of site words and my daughter is already starting to read on her own. She still needs help with the large words but I always have her attempt to sound it out before I give her the answer. Her favorite book to read is Mittens at School (My First I Can Read) and she just picked out Pinkalicious Phonics Box Set (My First I Can Read) as her reading reward. Site words are such a huge base for your child’s reading future, so make it fun and watch your child glow as they read their first book.
Do you have fun ways to teach site words? Leave them in the comments below!
Group 1: the, and, I, it, said, up, is
Group 2: to, a, you, in, for, look, red
Group 3: go, little, can, not, my, big, where
Group 4: we, down, see, one, me, come, orange
Group 5: jump, here, make, play, find, funny, was
Group 6: away, help, two, run, three, he, yellow
Group 7: that, on, but, with, there, be, am
Group 8: she, they, at, all, out, have, green
Group 9: do, what, get, this, yes, are, no
Group 10: did, so, like, will, went, now, blue
Group 11: came, into, want, pretty, saw, ran, who
Group 12: ride, good, too, four, well, eat, purple