Monday, 19 January 2015

Sight Words

I am a big fan of using games and activities to teach and review sight words.  When I have a JK group, we have a Wall of Words that we review throughout the week.  Last year, our wall was unbelievably full so I created a Dictionary type book called "Our Book of Words" and moved the mastered words into the book.  The children would often take the book out and just flip through it, pick a letter, and read all the words on the page.  It was also a great resource for writing activities.  They could easily go to the book to check their spelling.

Since this picture was taken, I have updated the letter Ii from 'ice-cream' to 'igloo' and Oo from 'owl' to 'octopus' so they are the short vowel sounds.

Here is the template I made to put together 'My Book of Words'.

Here are some sight word worksheets I created.

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Free Sight Word Games

Teachers have long known that games are an excellent educational supplement, employing fun and repetition to reinforce a lesson. is a wonderful and free resource, designed for educators and parents alike, with a variety of games for teaching sight words to children.

The Games section of the website has twelve different games, from Bingo to Go Fish to Book Land (a sight words version of the beloved Candy Land!). For each game, you can create and print a set of game cards using one or more prepared word lists—the site includes both Dolch and Fry sight word lists. Or you can customize the game by typing in your own word list! is designed to be a “one-stop shop” of sight words resources for teachers and parents of young children, offering a comprehensive sequence of teaching techniques, games, and materials for this essential building block of child literacy.

This website combines the latest literacy research with decades of teaching experience, while also making the content easy to understand and use. A teacher can use the site’s resources in the classroom, and parents and caregivers can use the same resources to reinforce the sight words lessons at home. is designed for Pre-K to 4th-grade learners, and all the material is FREE. Our goal is to make your job easier, so that instead of scrambling to find educational materials, you can focus on teaching your precious children how to read!

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Snow Fun

Happy New Year everyone... sorry I've been MIA, but I am definitely a lot busier with my younger crew this year.  I did have a nice break at Christmas and even had a couple of extra days off to spend with my family - YAH.  It was so nice having my daughter home from University!!

We are enjoying snow and winter activities all month.  It has been a mixed bag of weather - we've had rain, ice pellets, snow, more rain (it all melted) then snow again followed by a current deep freeze. Last week we spent the entire time indoors - YUCK.  We had a lovely day to play in the snow on Monday and then yesterday we were - 30 with the windchill so back into the deep freeze and stuck inside.  Today is still too cold for outdoor play, but we are heading in the right direction so hopefully we will get out there to enjoy the white stuff soon.

I was so tired of being indoors last week that I brought the snow in to us... the kids had a blast!

I found this really neat recipe on the internet for Frost Paint - the children enjoyed watching the transition from a puddle of water on their picture to crystals forming and finally the picture being covered in 'frost'.  The 1/4 cup would do quite a few pictures - We used about 1/4 of the mixture for 3 paintings.  We did use construction paper and I'd like to see the effect on black rather than blue next time to see if the snowmen show up more when dry.  The recipe is simply equal amounts of boiling water and epsom salts - stir until the salts dissolve.  Once cool, (only took a few minutes) the children can paint with it.

My 18 month old enjoyed painting with the solution and her picture dried with a really cool effect as well..

Cork Painting - Snowballs

I printed a puzzle of everyone's favourite snowman... Olaf!  My older crew loved moving the pieces together to make different Olaf stances.  I printed mine on card paper on my black and white printer (no reason to waste coloured ink when he's a snowman!  I just used crayon to colour in the nose and arms.  

Don't forget to check out my past posts from Januarys gone by for more winter activity ideas and freebies!