If you’ve been following along at The Measured Mom, you’ve seen a lot of ways to teach sight words. I like to teach my preschoolers to learn the basic sight words with the fabulous preschool reading curriculum, Reading the Alphabet. I’ve created a giant set of free sight word readers to use right alongside it.
But sometimes you need a little focused practice on a particular sight word. That’s where this set of beginning sight word worksheets comes in.
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Today I’m reviewing one of Cassie’s newest printable packs… the preprimer Dolch sight word pack.
It contains ten pages of activities for each of the 40 words on the preprimer word list. What’s the preprimer list? It’s the easiest one; the words are ideal for preschoolers, kindergartners, and first graders who are just beginning to learn sight words.
Wait a second… isn’t this just a worksheet pack? Where’s the hands-on learning?
If you follow the 3 Dinosaurs blog like I do, you know that Cassie is about anything but passively sitting and doing worksheets.
She and her three girls are busy mixing it up all the time.
Should you use all ten printables for each sight word?
No, no, and NO. Some words will come easily to your child. Others might be more challenging. Choose the activities that appeal to you and your child. Let’s take a look at each of the ten printables you’ll get for each sight word. You’ll see that some of the printables work especially well for hands-on learning.
Sight word worksheets
1. Follow the sight word path
You can simply have your child color the path, or connect it with a pencil. But why not do something more interesting?
Try covering the words with
- glass gems (if you use clear ones you can still see the words!)
- pom poms
- cereal or nuts
- mini-marshmallows or another sweet treat
2. Play dough Mats
This one’s pretty obvious! I like to use this no-cook play dough recipe.
3. Sight Word Dot Words
We used Do-a-dot markers. What else could you use?
4. Find the Sight Words in the Sentences
You could start with this simple page, and then take it a step further. Give your child some fun highlighting tape to use the next time you read aloud. He can search for the sight word and cover it with tape. A book with large text is perfect for this.
5. Sight Word Trace, Color, and Write
In my own experience, copying words isn’t ideal for helping to remember them, as many kids “tune out” as they’re copying. However, if you’d like to give your child some extra handwriting practice, it makes sense to have him practice writing a word that he’s learning.
6. Sight Word Color by Letter
Who says you’re limited to crayons or markers?
7. Read, Trace, and Stamp the Sight Word
My Five was happy to get out our alphabet stamps and ink pad. I did not have him write the word in a sentence, however, and I would encourage you not to ask your preschooler or even kindergartner to do that unless it’s something he can do easily. This is a higher level skill. Why not have your child dictate the sentence while you write it?
8. Sight Word Word Search
My general opinion on word searches is that they are used too often as busy work when teachers can’t find something better. If your child doesn’t like them, I would definitely say that you should not use them. Despite my aversion to them, however, my Six asked for a book of word searches for Christmas. It appears that our Five is following in her footsteps. 🙂 He enjoyed this one and liked counting to see if he’d found them all.
9. Trace the Sight Word
You can use this as a handwriting practice page . Another idea is to use it as a word building exercise with some letter tiles. Or, if you have some tiny magnetic letters, you could put this on a magnetic baking sheet and build the words with magnets.
10. Sight Word Mixed Practice
For children who enjoy doing seat work, this page lets them read, color, write, and find the sight word.
So – how do you get these beginning sight word printables?
You wait patiently as four new sets are introduced each month. These sets have most of what you see above, although not every printable is included in the free set.
You also have the option of paying to receive the entire set – 400 pages of printables – for $15.00. But wait… when you buy the set, you get the extras as well!
What’s in the extras?
1. Preprimer sight word cards
- simple set of flash cards
- cube cards (to use inside these great learning manipulatives)
- words in frames
I don’t recommend using these as flash cards. Print several copies of the simple set and use them to play Go Fish. Or attach paper clips to them and “go fishing” with a magnet on a string. Another idea is to print two sets and hide one around the room. Leave the other set face up on your table. As your child finds each word, he matches it to a word on the table. The possibilities are endless!
2. Pages for a mini-book
I love Cassie’s idea of laminating each page (I ADORE my affordable home laminator!), assembling with metal rings, and having your child write on the pages with dry erase markers. Pop the book in your purse for those long moments in the waiting room.
3. A Dolch Sight Word Checklist
Keep track of your child’s learning.
4. Read-Write-Build Printable
Set out a flash card, have your child write it, and build the word with letter tiles.
5. Coloring Pages
6. Word Search Key
And there you have it! Get this entire set for just 2 cents per page. You can order it here. Don’t forget to enter my giveaway at the end of this post. If you buy the product now – and win the giveaway – send Cassie your purchase e-mail, and she’ll refund your money!
Have you seen our simple sight word books?
We own and love these sight word songs, too!
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