Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Fun Site Word Activities

Caleb's in kindergarten now and one of the things we are doing are site words.  We started practicing site words towards the end of prek.  However, our school goes by the fry list and we were not.  So we initially started learning the site words out of order in which they test them. 

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I rounded up a few of the activities we do to learn site words instead of just doing flash cards because that gets boring and just isn't always fun.  Different learners need different ways to learn and to make them want to learn. 
We have a few site word books at home and this is one of the books that Caleb can read alone.  If you don't have site word books, make sentences with the site words.  We do this too. Ex. "I see the black cat."

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Site word bingo is an easy activity to do.  You can write or print a simple grid or table and use anything you have to cover the words.  You can start out with a few words in a table and as you progress add more.

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Site Word Journals - We did these over the summer in a composition notebook.
Write the word at the top of the page that you are focusing on.  Write a few site words underneath for them to FIND IT.  Then have them TRACE IT, WRITE IT themselves, and SPELL IT with magnets.

Highlighting site words in text.

Since I am an educational hoarder, I've had these little Saxon readers since AJ (now 14) was small. I won't even talk about all the stuff that I don't have room for but have in here. lol
Anyway, we read the story and then I give him site words to highlight in the story.  Highlighters are fun.

Find the site word.
Lay your site words out and have your child find them.  We used dinosaurs to place on the site words, and then Caleb decided that dinosaurs should eat the site words.  So every time I called out a word, the dinosaur had to eat it!  He loved that.

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Build them with magnets.

Put them out where they can see and say them.  This is in my wannanbe homeschool space in Caleb's room.  lol  These site words were only $1 a pack at the Dollar Tree.  Instead of writing them over for any games or activities, just get a couple of packs.  I need to pick up an extra set myself.

Another idea is to play match with them.  Kids love games so sit with them and play or get an older sibling to play match for a few minutes.  Make sure you name the words so they can identify and name them.  You don't want them to only be able to match it.  It can also be an independent quiet activity while you get something done.

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Site word "go fish" gets them reading, matching and recognizing the words without being bored as well.

Write the words out and let them use any small objects around the house like buttons, beads or peas to trace the words.

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Site word basketball

And when you have busy bodies like my Caleb, action games are a must.  Use a clothespin to attach a word to a basket or box, call out a site word, and let them shoot it in.  Take it outside too for a change of scenery when it's not too hot or cold.

Site words on balloons

Caleb loves a balloon and will blow them everyday if you let him.  We wrote the site words on the balloons and had him find them.  We turned it into a little race too since he knew them pretty well.

Chalk it up!

Go outside and write the words with chalk and have them jump, run, fly, etc to the one you call out.  Busy bodies like this one love to be outside running and jumping so incorporate that into whatever you're teaching.

Love this pic.

Have fun teaching and learning your site words!