The weather has been so nice in the evenings that I have been making up any excuse to hang out outside. And sometimes my excuse is to do “homework”…I mean, do Kindergartners really have homework?
My son has a game that he really likes that he learned in his class at school. The game is used to practice sight words (commonly used words that should be recognized without sounding out) or what Rusty and Rosy refer to as “Power Words”. In this favorite game, all the sight words they are working on are placed on large laminated paper flies, which are laying on the floor, and two students are each given a fly swatter. The teacher then calls out a sight word and the two students find it and swat it. Now you can see why he loves this game. What child doesn’t love to play with a fly swatter?!? =-)
So, in an effort to make our time fun outside while practicing our sight words we created our own version of the game…the outside safe and breeze tolerant version!
What You Need:
- Note cards with a sight word written on each card
- Chalk (optional)
- One eager learner
- Side walk or back porch begging to be drawn on
We use the chalk to create some boundaries for our note cards. It does not matter how many sections we make. Sometimes we do more and sometimes we do less.
We started out with these sight words and if you need more, check out Power Words from Rusty and Rosy.
The fun part for my son is jumping like a frog to snag the word called out. The fun part for me is watching his little sister trying to figure out the words while observing the action and her big brother stopping to help her learn.
Variation: We also used this same activity to practice number recognition, which worked well for Lil’ Sis, our preschooler.