Published in Oak Hill Blog

January 14, 2019

How to Make Learning Sight Words Fun for Your Young Learner!

“What are sight words?”

“How can I teach my child and keep their attention?”

These are questions many parents have asked themselves. Rule number 1- keep it fun!  Here at Oak Hill Academy, one of the best private schools in New Jersey, we believe in a hands-on approach when it comes to engaging students and making them a part of their own learning.  According to D.J Kear and M.A. Gladhart, “sight words account for up to 75% of the words used in beginning children’s printed material.” Sight words will dramatically help your child read with more fluency, confidence and comprehension of the text. There are approximately 200 of them, so start with the simple ones like I, the & can.  The trick is: practice and repeat! Below are some fun ways to help your young learner become a confident reader!

What Are Sight Words?
  1. Sight Word Hunt: Hide sight words around your home and have your child “hunt” for them.
  2. Whack a Word: Have the letters of the alphabet written on a large piece of paper. Have the consonants highlighted in one color and vowels in another. Using a small dowel and a piece of a pool noodle, make a “hammer”. Say a word and your child has to “whack” out the letters.
  3. Sight Word Memory Game
  4. Sight Word Jump and Grab: Hang words (within reach) from a doorway and have your child have to jump and grab the word you call out!
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Oak Hill Academy is a Monmouth County NJ private school that is co-educational, independent, nonsectarian, and nonprofit for grades per-kindergarten through eight.

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