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Sight Word Practice and Bob Books

Big Sis has been ready to start reading for quite some time. She loves books and has been “reading” them non stop for as long as I can remember. We were ready to move past the memorization stage and start decoding words and figuring out this business of reading. I’ll share with you how we’ve been doing things for the last few weeks.

I’ve tried a few different readers with Big Sis this year, but the Bob books are my favorite so far. I like the repetitive text and how each one builds on the previous one. We read the books together. I let Big Sis sound out the words as best she can and step in to help when she needs it. We read a couple of books each day. We review some of the previous and then start a new one every few days.

After we read, we play word games.

Making words is one of Big Sis’s favorite games. We use the magnetic letters and practice word families. For this one, I put the letters “AT” together at the top. We change the first letter of the word and practice sounding out all the things that end with “AT.”… they can be real or nonsense words.

She has other games like the one pictured above that she can do on her own. This one is a bean bag with a clear window. Inside are beans with thirty common sight words. She can shake up the bag and read the words that come up to the top.

Another game is her My Little Pony game that I posted about a couple of weeks ago.

Incidentally, the little bean bag game was made by me and you can find more like it in my etsy shop. FREE SHIPPING

How do you teach reading to your little ones?

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My Little Pony Meets Sight Words

I came across an idea for using matchbox cars to learn sight words  on Pinterest one day when I was looking for sight word activities.

I was trying to come up with a way to make it more girly for Big Sis. She LOVES My Little Pony… so this is what I came up with:

I put together a list of words from the easy readers we’ve been working on and spread them out on the poster I made.

I also have the words written on cards. At first, I call the word and show the card to Big Sis.  She then finds the word on the game board and places a pony on top.

We continue like this until all the cards have been used. It is my hope that she will eventually not need to see the card, but will be able to read the word after hearing it called.

Big Brother wanted in on the action so I let him be the caller. This worked out for me because Little Sis, who is potty training right now, needed my assistance in the bathroom.

What games or activities have you found to help your children learn to read?

Big Brother wants me to make him a game too… his will probably involve dinosaurs and math facts.

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