Summer has officially arrived in Southern California- looks like it will be well into the 90’s this weekend! This also means that kids are home from school and enjoying a well-deserved summer break. At the end of the school year parents always ask me how they can help their children continue to learn over the summer, I’ll be spending the next few Tuesdays sharing my favorite ways to help kids continue learning well into summer break. The key is to keep it fun! I know many families have stacks of flash cards for pretty much every subject, and your kids probably internally groan when they see the stack of flashcards come out. Instead of flashcards, try something new this summer! I have two fun sight words games that your kids will love!
Sight Word Jenga
I love this game and it is so easy to make! All you need is a Jenga set and some fine-tipped Sharpies. You probably have both of these things in your house right now! Before you start, figure out what sight words your child needs to practice. It could be a list from his or her teacher, or just a few sight words that your child needs extra practice with.
Write one sight word on each Jenga block. I love using Sharpies for this because they don’t fade or smudge. Most Jenga sets have a lot of blocks, so it’s ok to have doubles or triples of some of the sight words! Stack your Jenga tower and get ready to play!
Here’s how to play:
Each player pulls out on Jenga block when it is their turn. However, before they can place the block on top of the tower they must read the sight word on their Jenga block out loud. Easy, right?
If your child is having a hard time with the Jenga block he or she picked, feel free to help out. Some sight words a tricky and consistent practice will make a huge difference!
The other game I love to play is Secret Password, kids love this game! All you need are some post its and a pen. Again, it’s really helpful if you have a list of sight words that your child needs to work on. To prep for the game, write about 10 sight words on post its- one sight word per post it.
Here’s how you play:
Place a post it on your front or back door. The first person to read the sight word get to be the first one out of the house. With this one, I like to start with words that kids are already familiar with so it doesn’t get to be too frustrating. Start mixing in more challenging as your child gains more and more confidence. Make it fun! Have them whisper it to you, or tell you the password in a pirate voice. Kids learn best when they are having fun! Again, if your child is struggling with a word feel free to help out, this should not be a frustrating game.
Is anyone else working on sight words over the summer? What activities are you doing?