"No mommy I can do it myself", "I’ve got it daddy, I can do it". Your toddler is building independence and showing a desire to learn and do more. As your preschooler develops print awareness, they may become eager to learn to read. Are you looking for the perfect way to start?
Start with sight words, which make up more than half of the words found in reading materials. Sight words are a group of common frequently used words that a child must recognize to improve accuracy and fluency when reading. Taking the time to help your child learn these words is integral to developing their reading skills.
The most commonly used lists for sight words are Dolch words, which are designed for students in Pre-K through Grade 3. Fry words have lists starting at Pre-K and ranging to grade 10. A simple online search will direct you to Dolch and Fry words to use with your child. Are you looking for fun and engaging activities to teach sight words? View some of the videos from Kids Academy.
Use posters, flashcards, and books to help your toddler identify sight words. Focus on two or three each week and post these words in your child’s environment.
Kids Academy has thoughtfully designed a selection of resources for sight word practice. These three focus on the words I and can. Note how the rigor increases from one activity to the next. They build from identifying the words to writing them in the context of a sentence.
These worksheets introduce the words you and like. Notice the consistency between the first set of activities and the second. As your toddler is new to language, it's helpful to promote routine with familiar learning tasks.
Daily sight word practice is a fun way to start your child's literacy journey. Make it fun by incorporating their interests. Use these activities to play an active role in your child's early literacy development.
By: Monica Edwards
English Language Arts Teacher, Curriculum Writer