Today marks a very special day for my reluctant reader. She has independently read 10 real books in the course of the last 4 days!!! Of course, she received a very special prize for that. But the truth is, she is in the middle of the first grade and she has not wanted to read until now. She’s finally building the confidence that she needs to venture out into new territory. Part of that confidence stems from the games that we’ve been playing to help her learn sight words like this sight word memory game with Christmas trees.
If you would like to congratulate Jaida on reaching her 10 book milestone, click on the Facebook link below and leave her a message! I’ll be sharing all the notes with her, to encourage her to reach toward the next ten books!
Playing games rather than looking at books to learn sight words has been important for Jaida because she is a perfectionist who gets easily overwhelmed when there are too many things that she is unsure of. Plus, pictures can be such a distraction for her artsy little mind!
While, ideally, practice within a sentence is a great way to learn how to read, having the confidence to do so is even more important. By learning words independently of books, it takes the stress off of having multiple words at the same time and worrying if they are going to mess up while reading.
We use lots of games to practice reading to facilitate a sense of accomplishment that lets Jaida know that she is capable of trying something even if she won’t get it 100% correct.
This sight word memory game is a fantastic example of an easy to make game that can be customized for whatever words you are working on.
Materials needed for Sight Word Memory:
Chip board evergreen trees (found in the scrapbooking section of craft stores)
Pen or fine-tip permanent marker
Write each word that you want to practice on two Christmas trees. You can do as many words as you want, but remember to keep it manageable for your child’s skill level. We started with 6 words.
You could also do this with uppercase and lowercase letters, matching math problems and their answers. Anything that can be matched is an option.
In case you haven’t played Memory before, you turn over two cards at the same time. If they match, you get to keep them and turn over another set of trees to try again.
If they don’t match you turn them back over and it becomes the next person’s turn. Play continues until the cards have all been matched.
The best part about this game is that you can completely customize it to meet your child’s needs, just like we did with the addition clip cards a few weeks ago. There’s no need to review things your child knows well or stress them out by working on skills that are beyond their current reach.
Other Winter and Christmas learning activities you might enjoy: