Sight word turkeys are a hit! Not to toot my own horn, but Sight Word Turkeys take the cake. – or should I say apple pie? (ha!)
My Kindergartener is eager to put the turkeys together, and it offers us a chance to talk about trick sounds within each word practiced.
So, toot-toot! This sight word activity is winner, winner turkey dinner! – Fine, I promise I am done with the cheesy lines. Thanks for humoring me in the intro.
Related: New to sight words? Read this important post about sight words before diving in.
Sight Words can be Sounded Out
I know it! This information is different from what we’ve been taught about sight words. In the past, we heard that sight words were simply that. – words memorized by sight.
With time, we have learned that it’s not that simple.
After you read the post above, head to these 25 sight word activities to practice.
Memorizing a Word is Memorizing the Shape
But not allowing our children the opportunity to decode the word misses sets them up for long-term success with reading.
We can be more proactive when helping our young children learn how to read when we take the time to look for letter combinations and sounds. As I learn about the Science of Reading, I realize there are so many more tools we can share with our children to go beyond memorizing.
Related: Looking for Kindergarten activities? I have an entire collection!
What to do with Sight Word Lists
Most likely, your child’s Kindergarten teacher is sending home sight words for you to help your child with at home.
I have a similar list! Let’s begin with that. Here my Kindergartener works with about five words at a time.
When you want to play again, you can play with word families.
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White Paper Roll
Use this white paper roll for many toddler and preschool activities on Days with Grey!
Did you know that not every construction paper pack has purple? Me either! This pack of paper has it!
This is our favorite pack of 40 washable markers.
Children need blunt-sized scissors that fit comfortably in their hands. This is my favorite pair!
This gluestick 12-pack will last a long time.
Don’t let drawing the turkey slow you down! I like to turn to Google images and type in easy turkey drawings. This quick search typically points me in the right direction to get started.
First, I draw the turkeys on the paper and add the sight word to the middle.
Next, I cut out the feathers and added a letter to each feather.
PRO TIP: Fold your paper in half or quarters to cut multiple pieces at a time.
Ready? Dive in and play this spelling game with word families too.
Related: Next up, let’s read our favorite Kindergarten books.
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- Three Ways to Help your Child Become a Better Reader
Frequently Asked Questions
Learning sight words goes beyond memorization. Begin with 3-5 words and add on wiht mastery. Remember to help your child look for familiar sounds and letter combinations within the word. As your child learns more words, add them to the pile. Pretty soon you will have a collection of words your child can recognize, decode, and read!
Sight words are typically learned in school, and some children remember them faster than others. Your child’s teacher is most likely sending them home for extra help. When working with your kindergartener, remember to talk about the letter sounds and letter combinations within each sight word.
No. The more we rush memorizing sight words, the more we take away from learning how to decode words. Instead, begin with these 10 letter recognition activities for preschoolers.
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Sight Word Turkeys
- 1 White Paper Roll
- 1 Pair of Scissor
- 1 Gluestick
- 3 Orange Paper orange
- 1 Markers
- First, draw the turkeys on the paper and add the sight word to the middle.
- Next, I cut out the feathers and added a letter to each feather.
- Invite your child to begin sounding out and making the sight words.
- Glue stick is optional. If your child does not want to glue, see which new words you can make using the letters.