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Is your little one getting ready for Kindergarten? If so, this is the year your child will begin reading. Make it fun by practicing the Kindergarten sight words now and help your child get the school year off to a great start.
My little baby is all grown up! Okay, not completely grown but she’s starting Kindergarten this year so that’s kind of close! She’s can’t contain her excitement and loves to tell me that she’s a big girl now. It’s true and I’m just as excited to see her start this new adventure. Now I just have to make sure she’s ready.
I’ve already been working on it. Her biggest goal is learning how to read like her big sis and I’m going to help. As a former Kindergarten teacher, I know just how important it is to practice those Kindergarten sight words. These are words that children should know just by looking at them, without having to sound them out or even think about it. Once they learn these words, they are one step closer to reading and writing complete sentences or even paragraphs. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that they know all the words on the Pre-K list first…we still have a few we need to practice. Then it’s time to move on to the Kindergarten words.
Printable Pre-K and Kindergarten Sight Word Lists
I had a plan in mind but needed to pick up a few things at Walmart first. I’m a little obsessed with office supplies so I always get a little giddy when they start putting out all the back to school stuff. This is when I stock up and the first thing I grabbed was Post-It® Notes Cubes. I go through these like crazy and can never have too many. Not only are they perfect for reminding me about deadlines and appointments but they’re also great for helping me keep track of my goals. Did you know that you’re 42% more likely to make your to-dos, dreams and goals happen if you start by writing them down.
While I was there, I also picked up some Post-It® Super Sticky Notes. I use these for when the smaller ones just aren’t big enough. Since they’re lined, they’re great for making lots of lists. I am definitely a list person and without them, I’d probably forget half the things that I need to get done.
While I was at it, I couldn’t resist throwing a few more supplies in my cart. I picked up a smaller Post-It® Notes Cube, Post-It® Tabs for my files and some Scotch® Magic™ Tape because you can never have too much tape!
How To Have Fun Getting Ready For Kindergarten
Now I had everything I needed, both for myself and for my daughter’s sight word practice. I started by writing some of the Kindergarten sight words on the 3×3 Post-It® Notes. Then I stuck them around the house, telling my daughter about our new game. These weren’t just regular words…they were “passwords” and she had to be able to read them to do things like open the door….
…or get a snack from the refrigerator.
sight words passwords all over the house, she can practice a little bit at a time. Of course, I help with the ones she doesn’t know until she’s able to read them independently. Each time she learns one of her words well enough to read it consistently, we replace it with a new one and we’re one step closer to being ready for Kindergarten. We keep a list of the words she’s mastered though so that we can still review them from time to time.
Keira is well on her way to reaching her goal of reading like big sis. It’s fun to see how proud she gets when she’s learned a word well enough to add it to our list! I can’t lie, it makes mommy proud to know she’s ready for Kindergarten. It’s a wonderful feeling to watch her grow and learn new things and I know this is only the beginning!
How are you helping your kids get ready to start the school year? Have they made specific goals that they want to achieve?
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