Download four free sight word books to teach the sight word look!
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Today I’m sharing another set of free sight word books that I’ve been using to teach my little guy to read.
Why are we focused on sight words, not phonics? The reason is that many children (including my own) are ready to read sight words before they’re ready to sound out words. Rather than force what they’re not developmentally ready for, we reinforce concept of word, letter sounds, and more with these simple readers.
(But if phonics books are what you’re after, you can get mine for free here.)
I get a lot of questions about which sight words to start with, and why. I don’t think it matters too much as long as you start with simple words that kids are going to see a lot in their reading. It helps when you can make simple sentences by combining a few of these words.
I use the order of sight words in the preschool reading curriculum, Reading the Alphabet. The above memory game is from that curriculum.
I also pulled out this “book on a page” from Reading the Alphabet. When I give my Five a craft stick as a reading pointer and record his reading, he happily gets to work.
It’s fun to listen to the recording afterward!
And this is what you’re here for – a set of four simple sight word books that teach the word “look.”
As you can see in the above example, I vary the words in most of the books so that kids can’t just memorize the pattern. I introduce the new sight word and include the words we’ve learned in our previous sets.
I usually include one very simple book where kids can (technically) memorize the pattern and recite it for each page.
The cool thing is that even though the instruments book is repetitive, my Five was paying close attention to the letters in the words. After reading “Look! I see a xylophone” (using the picture clue), he stopped and looked at me. He was sure he was wrong, because xylophone sounds like it starts with the letter z.
If your child is stumbling over the words or getting lost, have him point to each word as he reads.
And be sure to throw in some fun sight word review, like this activity. I simply wrote words we know in different spaces on a piece of paper. Then I wrote the same words on sticky notes and put them all around the playroom. My Five found the words and put them in the correct spots on the page.
He loved this!
Enjoy our newest set of simple sight word books!
How to assemble:
(for a video tutorial, see this page)
- Cut across the horizontal center of each page.
- Insert one set of pages into the other, paying attention to the page numbers.
- Staple with a long-armed stapler.
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