I was searching for fun games for learning sight words and came across one where your kid slaps the words. Here is the original post about it. I wasn’t sure what words I wanted to start Sophia with at first. I looked at word lists from different websites. I ended up going with the “Tricky” words from Sophia’s Teach Your Monster to Read game (read about it here). I like to cross reference and relate things to each other as much as possible for a solid foundation. So this seemed like a great idea to me, at least.
Sticky notes (I bought sticky notes in a multi-color pack, because more colors means more fun 😉
A list of words
First, pick out a list of words you want to use. These could be lists from school, favorite books, tv shows (like Wally Kazaam), games, or a list you found online, anything really.
When I told Sophia I had a slapping word game in mind for her, she was all excited. She set off to cleaning up her toys and books from the table so we’d have room to play (win-win situation 😀 ). She wanted to be the one to write out the words. So I showed the picture with the words and she wrote them first and then I wrote the word on the paper after her.
We started the game with 4 words. (Keep them spaced out so there room for slapping 😉 ) I called the word and she had to find it, slap it with her hand, and call it out. After she found all 4 she called them out for me to find, slap, and call out. 😀 Then we added 2 more words, played again, and so on until we had all 11 of them. 11 was pushing Sophia’s limit (she is after all still 3 for a few more months anyway). I honestly think she was enjoying writing the words out the most 🙂
After we played out the 11 words Sophia wanted to go play more of the monster game to get more “Trickies” so we could add more words.
I just recently discovered this amazing FREE website: Teach Your Monster to Read. I had been hesitating on trying it out since I didn’t want Sophia using my laptop but a wireless mouse was the perfect solution. I set up Sophia’s account which took a few minutes.
You get to pick from 3 different learning levels, which is fantastic. I was so happy we could skip over learning the alphabet sounds portion since Sophia already knows it and would have got bored with it very quickly.
She started on the second level and has been having a blast with it. She has played it several times and has learned about these letter sounds so far: ch, sh, th, ng, ai, ee.
She’s also learning and practicing non-decodable words like: he, she, the, to, we, me, be, was, no, go. It is even working on reading comprehension of short sentences.
Here are pictures of few of the different types of games you get to pick from.
Sophia learned her alphabet and the sounds they make when she was 2. That was all thanks to the Leapfrog Letter Factory DVD. It’s is such a great show. It has a catchy song and it is very entertaining.
When she was two she loved it so much she wanted to watch nothing else. She’s nearly 4 and we still watch it every once in a while to reinforce what she learned (she asks for it herself).
There are other DVDs in this series as well.
Our other favorites are the Talking Words Factory which is great for learning about how words are put together, and Math Circus which is a great intro to counting 1-10 and by tens to one hundred and addition and subtraction.
I highly recommend any of these DVD’s to parents. If your kids are going to have screen time you might as well make it count 🙂