If you have an early reader in your family, chances are you’re working together on learning sight words, which are words that appear frequently in written and verbal communication. Many sight words are irregularly spelled and therefore difficult for children to decode or sound out phonetically, which is why most reading programs recommend that children learn to recall these words automatically.
There are many different ways to learn sight words but, generally speaking, the more opportunities a child has to engage with a set of words, the more likely they will be able to recall them quickly and correctly at first "sight." One fun way to help your child learn sight words is by providing her with opportunities for active, hands-on learning that helps to connect her brain with her body — the act of connecting with the word physically helps to reinforce what the word looks and sounds like, and the five sensory play ideas shared below help to do just that.
5 Sensory Ideas for Sight Word Learning