Monday, August 3, 2015

Teaching Children High Frequency and Sight Words Playfully

Learning high frequency and sight words helps to promote reading comprehension. In order to help my children to learn about the words without too much pain (I mean, for myself), I thought of using games to make the process more interesting.

When we attended Pei Pei's primary school orientation briefing, we received a list of high frequency and sight words. I typed the words using Microsoft Words, printed them out, and then the children helped to cut the print out into small card size, and put each word into a clear card protector.


Game #1: Snap! 
I turned the stack of cards upside down, and turned the card up one by one. The children have to read out the word and snap the card. The first person who reads correctly and snaps the card gets to keep the card. The winner is the one with the most number of the card at the end of the game.

Game #2: Scavenger hunt
Some cards are placed all over the floor, when I read a word, the children search for the card with that word.

Game #3: Read and search
When we read story books, the children look for the cards with words that appear in the book. 


What activities do you have for teaching children high frequency and sight words?

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20 comments :

  1. I like the scavenger hunt idea! I think I can do a picture version for my 2yo daughter. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Ashlyn, hope your daughter enjoy the picture version game!

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  2. Ooo this is a very good idea!! Do you mind sharing the list of words?

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

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  3. My daughter is into tracing, so I get her to trace sight words and read them to me. Not sure how well that works, but at least she can write her own name now.

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    1. Debs, tracing is a good method for children to remember the words! It may work for my daughter, but my son would not sit down and write!

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  4. Wow thanks for sharing the simple games... I need to get started on them with my 2nd kid soon!

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    1. Klessis, hope your child enjoy the games!

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  5. Wow I wouldn't have tips to contribute because mine are just 3 and 1 year olds. I am not planning to guide the older one though any word recognition yet! Will leave the school to do its job for now I.e play play and play! Hehe

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    1. May, playing is a form of learning too!

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  6. Wow the school is so forward thinking to issue high frequency sight words at orientation! Care to share the list with us? :D

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    1. Angie, the list was given to us during P1 Orientation! I can email you the list.

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  7. wow! Looks like I can look forward to a list of words when I get to my P1 orientation in Nov! LOL!

    I play bingo sight words... make my own cards like Zingo ones :) Otherwise spelling helps too! hahaa!

    ~ SAys Audrey :)

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    1. Audrey, spelling helps too! We use Scrabble or Lego bricks labelled with letters to do spelling.

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  8. Game #2 sounds exactly like what we used to do with my boy! Everyone was so into flash cards and my super active boy just wouldn't sit still for flash cards. So my hubby scattered them all over the floor and asked him to go and fetch the cards. It worked!

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    1. I can imagine how excited the children would be when the cards are thrown all over the place!

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  9. My kids picked up sight words recognition through reading. Thankfully I didn't need to play games with them on this. And what?!!! Your school actually gave parents a sight word list during orientation?!!

    Shirley @ SAys! Happy Mums

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    1. Shirley, haha, yes, we were given the list during orientation. My children also picked up sight words through reading, but they enjoy playing games more!

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  10. What superb and fun ideas these are! (: My son is too young for now but I love how you printed out the words and placed them in card protectors! Maybe you can even sort them into the various word classes (e.g. nouns, verbs, prepositions etc) and print on paper of different colours to represent different groups. It is important that children understand the functions of different words and it is always good to start from young.

    For #3, other than read and search, you can ask your children to do a walk and search too. On a day out, give them the list of words to look out for and you can let them jot it down in a notebook or snap a picture of it. I think they will enjoy it and they will be quite occupied while you do your shopping (:

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    1. Thank you Lily for your sharing! We will try out your suggestions!

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