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Angel - posted on 05/29/2010 ( 44 moms have responded )

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My daughter Sophie just graduated Kindergarten.. They want us to continue to teach her these site words they gave her.. She is having a hard time learning them.. Any ideas to help her out???

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Rhonda - posted on 05/29/2010

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Make it a game! For example you could do anther set of cards with her site words and turn it into a memory type game where she has to find pairs! Everytime she finds a match say the word together and before you know it she'll be saying them before you can. Also you could do a bingo type game where if she says the word correctly you could giver her an opportunity to pull the letters that make bingo! If she makes a certain number of bingos or matches with the other game there could be some type of weekly reward! This way you've not only made it fun, but you're also showing her that hard work gets rewarded!!! I hope this helps!!! God Bless you both!!!!

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Jonie - posted on 06/18/2010

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We taped the site words to the fridge. and he wasnt aloud to get into the fridge unless he at least tempted to read the words. then we dent over them every night before bed with flash cards with brightly colored words. by end summer he had them down.

Amiee - posted on 06/18/2010

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My kids had trouble to we made them into flash cards and I made up a reward system when he learned four or five he got to go the dollar store and pick out a toy. I also cut them out and taped to the door of the snack cabinet so whenever he wanted a snack he had to give me or try to say the word on the door. Good luck I hope this helps.

Rica - posted on 06/18/2010

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You can try the flashcard game. Depending on the words you can also match them up with items that you have in your house. So if the site word is baby match it up with her favorite babydoll. This should really help or use them while out and about. Make it a game not only will she learn the words faster but it will be fun for her to learn things later on,

Colleen - posted on 06/13/2010

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Rewards always work also! If she knows the word (using the flashcards) then she gets a gold star, and when she has so many (you decide) gold stars, then she gets a reward. This can be anything from a snowcone to being able to pick a movie the whole family watches together. This keeps it fun, and educational at the same time.

Brenda - posted on 06/12/2010

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My son had trouble too. We taped the cards all over the house; a few in the bathroom, his bedroom, going up the stairs, kitchen table...etc After a week or so of him seeing them everywhere we would start asking him whenever he would walk by one. After a month or so he would just automatically say them as he passed by them.

Sharlene - posted on 06/11/2010

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My Sophia graduated Kinder last week as well. Check out age appropriate books for her at the library. At first, she'll memorize the story, probably word for word, then she'll recognize like words in other stories. Reading should be fun! I can't imagine she'll want to sit and learn flash cards when there's a book that tells a story available to learn the words.

Wendy - posted on 06/11/2010

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my daughter is in 4 yr old kinder and has just started reading. We have been using a website called Reading Eggs. It has games to play that teach letters and words but in a fun way. I think its fantastic.

Elizabeth - posted on 06/10/2010

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DO IT WHEN YOU BOTH HAVE TIME AND DONT GET STRESSED ABOUT IT AS THEY WILL PICK IT UP IN THERE OWN TIME I REALLY DIDNT THINK MY SON WOULD EVER LEARN BUT HE DID XXX

Laurie - posted on 06/10/2010

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These are all great ideas that were posted! I'm a teacher that is tutoring this summer and making anything fun like making them into a game works well. Songs are a great way to learn, silly ways to spell the words (ex: whisper, clap, snap...the letters of the words), writing on post-its is good-I used a word wall when my one of my children was having trouble learning the words. I put the alphabet in the kitchen and added 5 words at a time to the wall in abc order. We continue to go back over the words many times a day but in a fun way:) Memory games are great-write the vowels in red and consonants in blue. Write words in shaving cream or pudding:) Do only a few words at a time. I'm using a game called "Roll, Say, Keep" with a student practing their popcorn words this summer. It is a gameboard with six rectangles-picture of front of a die from 1-6 in each rectangle. Place 6 words on the game-roll the die-read the word from that numbered rectangle-keep the word if read correctly. Replace with a new popcorn word. The ideas are endless just make it fun:)

Marianne - posted on 06/09/2010

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Depending on what the words are, you could label things. I had all sorts of things in my place labeled for a while (eg. "door", "chair") My daughter enjoyed "reading" all the things in our house.

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hi,I'm Paula, my daughter is graduating kindergarten as well next week, what i do for the sight words is make up games with them.....the memory game...and go over the words as she finds them correctly......i bought foam hearts at the dollar store and each week when she got a new one i made out the word in bubble letters and got her to color them in with whatever color she wanted, then we post them on the office door and each day i ask her a couple of different ones ....another thing i do is when i read her a book, i get her to read the words she knows. i am thinking an idea for the summer is to write the words in the sand, take turns and get her to write them as well, you know how children love the beach, it can be difficult with some of the words because some of the words are boring....like the words "AND" and "THE".........................GOOD LUCK

Christy - posted on 06/09/2010

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Starfall.org is what my son's school uses while in class....
We do have a program that we spent almost 200 on but it covers them all the way to high school but my son perfers the spelling bee method and what ever works for them is what we do...

Karen - posted on 06/09/2010

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starfall.org is another good site for spelling. Personally, though, I think that some of it is seeing them in context so if I were you I would not stress so much about the sight words but rather find books that she loves that probably have the sight words in them. I think it's easier to figure out how to spell them if they are part of a story because then they make sense. If you watch the National Spelling Bee, most of the kids ask for definitions, use in a sentence, etymology, etc. I'm a very literate individual, read a lot, am a good speller, but spelling bees / tests were not my strong suit because a word in and of itself doesn't necessarily resonate with me. But, if I see it in a book or story it does. My DD is the same way. Her spelling grades aren't that great but she reads constantly so she understands what they mean. Personally, I think if it's too much like drilling the kids (and parents) get burned out and turned off. If it's part of discovering another world (American Girl books are great for this), then it is more fun and more likely to stick. It's Summer, relax with a good book and she'll be fine. The other thing my DH does with DD is to make up silly sentences for the words and DD on her own starting spelling them backwards, too. I would work more on reading to and with her and the sight words will come on their own. You also could have her write stories with the words in them...like how many words can you use in a story about your day, or a character that you've made up day, or Winnie the Pooh, or her lovey, or whatever.

Christy - posted on 06/09/2010

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I do it like a spelling bee. I tell my son the word, he says it spells it, and says it again... I do the sight words with him three times a week even during the summer.... I even have the sight words for next year to help give him a boost....

Kim - posted on 06/08/2010

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I have a kindergrad too!

Read to your child. Every time you get to a sight word or word he knows, don't read it. Let him say the word. Or this was fun too, say a wrong word. Instead of 'the' say bicycle. Something silly. My 3 would laugh and then add the right word themselves. I used this trick to get them to try to read (at first they refused to try to read even though they could). You will have to know which ones are sight words and which ones are not. When I did this with my 3 kids they felt like they were reading WITH me. I remind them that reading is power. You get to know all the secrets posted all around you if you can read. When I read with my 6 yr old now, she does most of the reading and I get to add a word here and there.

Make it fun.

Amy - posted on 06/08/2010

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Write them in red ink (a study has shown that red helps kids memorize more easily), only do 5 at a time, underline dipthongs (th, sh, ch, wh), have her trace the letters with her finger. Hope these ideas help. I wish you and your daughter the best of luck!

Flo - posted on 06/08/2010

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Write them on a posterboard in big letters and hang on wall or door and every morning and evening go over it and at first say them together and soon just point to the word and she will know the words.

Darice - posted on 06/08/2010

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My daughter is having the same problem she just graduated Kinder her teacher referred me to Kumon learning center, and it has done wonders, she actually loves the homework and loves the flash cards they give her, she even wakes me up and wants to do her homework. I'ts great, and I can see an improvement already.

Karolyn - posted on 06/08/2010

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My son also finished kindergarten this year and he knows his site words very well. I continue to work with him through the summer so he does not forget it all. I made index cards with the words he needs to know. He is very proud of himself since he knows them all without fail right now.

Melissa - posted on 06/07/2010

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I typed and printed my son's sight words on brightly colored paper then cut them out and posted them on the walls around his room. We practiced them everytime we went in his room and put a sticker on them each time he got the word right. He gained confidence by doing this because he could see which words he knew and challenged himself to get a sticker on every word. I did them in alphabetical order by listing all words beginning with the same letter under that letter.

Jesse - posted on 06/07/2010

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There are some great book series that focus on site word. You can get them through scholastic book orders, the library and teaching supply stores. Seeing and reading them over and over in a story helps to ingrain them...which is what teachers are looking for.

Michelle - posted on 06/07/2010

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Make sentences out of them. Reading sentences are more realistic than just doing flash cards.

Tamara - posted on 06/07/2010

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I think 2 people already suggested it but mine was a whiteboard for her to practice writing on. She could copy form the flash cards and you could help with saying the words....the whiteboard will come in handy for years to comes with more spelling practice and math as well! I have two boys, 1 in Gr. 2 and 1 in Gr 4. We have a large whiteboard on the wall in the kitchen (where we do homework together and they also each have small ones. Oh and the large whiteboard is also magnetic for the magnetic letters and numbers!)

Bronwyn - posted on 06/07/2010

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My daughter is now in Year 2 and had alot of trouble with reading in Kindergarten even though she knew all her letter sounds, could write and read simple words before she even started!!! It was all a confidence issue with her and what seemed to work was to make a joke of it and sound out the words (often sight words don't sound out right) and see what it 'should' say then have a clue to what it could actually be. Once she saw that even grownups could pronounce wrongly a word they'd never seen before she got the confidence to try and she's now doing very well :)
Something we use still (suggested by her school) to practice her weekly spelling lists is a website called spellingcity www.spellingcity.com The teachers put on the word lists and the kids can play all kinds of games to practice them. The kindergarten teachers put their word lists on there too at her school and you can even put in a different school and get their lists if your school doesn't do it.
Good luck - once they get the hang of it everything just seems to fall in place.

Michele - posted on 06/07/2010

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My daughter is finishing Kindergarten this year. She is an advanced reader, but we hve always done flash cards. She loves doing flash cards, she can see how many gets right. Her teacher this year made sets of 100 sight words (Dolch) for the kids and they were color coded. The words were in sets of 10, cut out and laminated on colored paper. The kids had a rainbow that they had to climb up. Each time they mastered a color they moved up the rainbow, when they mastered the entire rainbow they were in the clouds. When that happened they got a certificate and a gift card for an ice cream. The kids were so happy when they moved up to another color. When they finally reached the clouds they would just jump up and down. It was so wonderful to see.

Julie - posted on 06/06/2010

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you could get magnetic letters, write the words on notecards and then have her build the words with the letters and then check to see if she built them correctly by saying each letter as she points to the card then the mag. letter. For instance, the word the...build it, then point to t on the card and then the magnetic letter t, while saying t., then h (on card), h (mag. letter), e (on card), e (mag. letter), then say the whole word. The touching the letters while saying them helps the visual and hearing the letters that make up the word.

Misty - posted on 06/05/2010

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My daughter just passed kindergarten and we had to really work with her on her sight words too due to being hospitalized and missing loads of school. We created flash cards and also used one of those kids easels that have a dry erase board on one side and a chalk board on the other. I would write down one list of words and she loved copying them and sounding them out using the easel.

Karen - posted on 06/04/2010

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We would do flash cards, then the ones he got stumped on I took and wrote them on seperate pieces of paper and hung them up around the house. I would ask him where a specific word was and have him find it until he got it right. Then we would spell it out together. We did this while i cooked supper, did dishes, ate supper, just whenever. It made it so easy and he learned them within a few days. We did the flash card game everyday but didn't hang any new words up until he learned the ones that were hung up already. don't worry she will get it when she is ready!

Melissa - posted on 06/04/2010

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I don't know what her sight words are but there is a site called The School Bell that has all sorts of games to ply with the Dolch stie words. It's worth a try. If the words aren't the same, at least it's ideas since some of the games are blank boards that you can fill in yourself. I also hang them on the walls and when my sons walk past they are supposed to read them :-)

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My 6 yo dd, is very visual and creative...we did sight words by having her glue beans or macaroni to construction paper in the form of the word. That stuff is super cheap in bulk and changed it up from writing.

Krista - posted on 06/03/2010

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Put them on 11x14 paper and decorate it, then laminate it (you can buy the lamination at Walmart..) then give her pennies or dry erase markers, call out the words and have her circle them or mark them or whatever. You can also have blank lines so she can practice writing them. If she eats from that place mat 3 x's a day she'll learn them by the end of summer :-)

Jodie - posted on 06/03/2010

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Our schools use the "popcorn" song. The class sing the song over and over while the teacher or a child points to the words as they are being said. The sight words are referred to as "popcorn words" because they pop out at you. The teacher suggested letting the kids "butter up" the popcorn words in the newspaper or magazines by highlighting them with a yellow marker. They can also play sing your way to the word where you ask the child to find a word and they sing the song until they find the word. The other suggestions are good as well.

The Popcorn song (sung to the tune of Mary had a little lamb) goes like this.....

Like, a, I, he, and, it, is,
of, that, in,
two, can, the,
was, big, my, go, said, me, no,
am, yes, we, see,
went.

Debbie - posted on 06/03/2010

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I did the flashcards with my daughter when she was in kindergarten. She had a hard time in kindergarten and they ended up having to place her in first grade. They thought that it was due to her being the youngest in her class and thought she could have ADHD. (Turns out she did have ADHD, but that wasn't addressed until she got into second grade.) After working with flashcards on an almost daily basis, she got them and did wonderful in first grade. I just had to keep on it and then it just came to her.

Jennifer - posted on 06/02/2010

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they make a preschool prep dvd series about 14 dollars for a tape and each tape has 50 preschool sight words on them my son (5) and daughter (1) enjoy watching them and he hasnt started kindergarten yet and knows atleast 10 just from watching these videos.. but he is a visual learner and we do the flashcards to.. but the videos spell the word say the word make the word do something funny and then there is a video game at the end that they can play very cool dvd.... made by preschool prep they have them on ebay as well they also have little books like the bob books series with just sight words... here is the website http://www.preschoolprepco.com/h/i/index...

Alicia - posted on 06/02/2010

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My son just graduated kindergarten too. The last few word strips he has gotten have been a little tough. SO I got post-its and wrote the words he needed to work on and placed them all over the house. Like fridge, snack cupboard, bathroom, dresser, door. So for example if he wants a snack he has to read the words posted on the door before he can have a snack. So far it has been good, but I need to work on consistency.

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i typed out the sight words as a list and taped it to the refrigerator at his eye level. when jack is standing next to it, he always starts reading them on his own- aloud. i figure it helps him to see them everyday, and the fact that he recognizes some of them encourages him to try the words he has difficulty with- if only just to get to the bottom of the page.

Angel - posted on 06/02/2010

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We ( the teachers too) tried doing them in small groups and she was getting confused I think it was because she was seeing too many words at a time.

I may have to try to find a bingo game that sounds fun

Leah - posted on 06/01/2010

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Ask her teacher for a list of the sight words that she needs to know, then break up the list into 4 or 5 smaller groups of words. Work with one group at a time and soon she'll have them all!

Karen - posted on 06/01/2010

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When my son was having trouble learning his sight words I went to an education store that sells things for teachers and educational games. They had a sight word bingo game. My son loved playing the game and learned his words in no time. Good Luck!

Sherri - posted on 05/30/2010

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We made them into flash cards and set the timer for 3 mins and would try and do as many as possible in three minutes. We did this every night before bed by the end he was going through the entire stack twice. He always wanted to try and beat the # correct that he got the night before. The correct ones went into a pile on the counter the wrong ones went back in the pile. So we could count how many he got correct.

Kori - posted on 05/30/2010

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My sons teacher has asked the same thing of me and she suggested flash card too ; ) Good luck to you my son is having a hard time also.

Angel - posted on 05/29/2010

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Never thought of that. That is a great idea tho.. I had thought about flash cards.. I will have to try that tho... Thank you

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