We’ve probably all had that slip up. We say a “wordy-dird” and immediately, it’s added to our littles vocabulary.
Shit!… I mean.. Oops!!
Toddlers are the biggest little sponges out there. They soak up everything. So much more than I even imagined. So how about, as the “perfect” parents we are, we use that sponge like brain to our advantage?
By that I mean teach them as much as you can while you can. Because let’s face it, eventually they will be teenagers and you will have to beg them to even do their homework or have any interest in learning anything!
Note: I have also put together a free resource library and it will be getting filled with worksheets and things to use to promote learning free, easy and at home.
I have successfully started teaching my almost-3-year-old how to read sight words and here is how to teach sight words to your toddler…
There are a lot of things on the internet that claim to help teach kids to read, but it costs. Personally, I simply don’t have the money to pay a monthly fee. Or a big yearly fee. Especially when I can hit up my local Dollar Tree and get all the things I need to teach her how to read.
Did you know that Dollar Tree has like a whole section for school things? Things from posters of the world to stickers for good work! They even have workbooks. Check out all their school & office supplies here.
I always feel the need to say that I have never forced my little 2-year-old to sit down and do book work. Nor have I made her do anything she didn’t want to do when it comes to learning.
So that’s off my chest, let’s get into how to teach sight words to your toddler.
How to Teach Sight Words:
You can get the supplies for little cost at your local Dollar Tree, or office supply store. Or you could make what you need yourself with some paper cut into strips and tape. Oh, and a pen or marker of course.
Personally, I picked up so much stuff while I was looking for learning things at Dollar Tree. Probably way too much. When the only thing I needed for her word wall were the sight word strips and the manuscript poster.
When I got home, I made Little A her own special Word Wall. It is complete with the manuscript poster and 9 sight words.
Her dad told me that I needed to let her be a kid. It kind of got to me. I do want her to be a kid. I really do. She’s so smart though! So it made me almost rethink it and take it down.
However, I left it.
A couple days passed and I never tried to even get her to look at the word wall. She also seemed to not even notice it. Then about 5 days after I put it up, she pushed a chair over to the wall and asked me what the words said. We went through them with her repeating them as we went. She was interested for about 5-8 minutes. I figured well, that’s that. She doesn’t care.
For the next week or so straight she would go up to her word wall and ask me to tell her what they said. We would go through them each day for about 3 days until I started asking her what they said.
& to my surprise…
She could read them!
Well most of them. She still gets about 2 mixed up.
How do I know this really works?
For a while I thought she was just memorizing where they were placed and didn’t actually know the words.
So I started taking them off the wall and showing them to her one by one like flash cards.
Then I got to thinking maybe she just remembers them in this form & wouldn’t recognize them in a different format – i.e. on another poster, in a book, etc.
I got my phone and typed each word out. She got about 3 wrong but that’s not bad!
She could still read her words!
I was so ecstatic. Little A has a ginormous heart for trying to read books and I want to teach her how to read books by herself. Mainly because I really just don’t like my voice when I read out loud. I think it just sounds so weird. Am I the only one? Am I just that weird?
Any-who, putting together her word wall has been the best decision I have made in terms of her learning. It’s almost time to start switching out her words and growing her ability to read.
We just have to give them those opportunities.
How did you teach your child to read?
Are you going to build your tot a word wall?
Leave any thoughts or comments below.