Tackling the world of Sight Word

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If your child is in Kindergarten then you know the standard 100 sight words all 5 years olds should know by the end of their first scholastic year, (did you notice the sarcasm). Clearly it’s not 1986 anymore because I don’t remember ever having to do this. I remember making kites out of straws and tissue paper, learning my ABC’s, singing and coming home with macaroni necklaces for my mom. Not coming home with a list of words and HOMEWORK.

What is a sight word or tricky word? According to Wikipedia: Link http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sight_word

”Sight words, often also called high frequency sight words, are commonly used words that young children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so that they can automatically recognize these words in print without having to use any strategies to decode.”

But with that said… I’ve had to find ways to capture the attention of a 5 year old boy so that we can attempt to conquer the mountain that is memorizing words.  Sitting with him has really not worked because it was boring to him.  After battling for 10 minutes and then knowing that by then it was pointless to even attempt to have a study session I went on a hunt for entertaining ways to help him learn his words.

First thing I decided to make the words visible. I used colored markers to write the words on index cards. This way he had a bigger card he could recite from instead of just words on a sheet of paper or on a key ring. Then I took my not so handy craft skills and put a word worm on our hallway wall. Once he knows a word, it would come off the wall and placed on my bedroom door.  Randomly I will point to a word so he can say it. That was a good motivation for him. Seeing the words moved from the learning place to the GOAL place.

Board games are a huge hit in our household so I looked into finding educational games.  The two games I did purchase have been a huge hit and are super fun to play. They both are bingo type games so having to look at the word, look at the board, look at the word, is essential to winning and learning.  Both were found on Amazon, I’ve included the link below. Easily this is over an hour of playing and learning (wink wink ) time.

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Zingo:

http://www.amazon.com/Think-Fun-7704-Zingo-Sight/dp/B008RU8GC4/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1424995613&sr=8-2&keywords=zingo
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Sight Word Bingo:

http://www.amazon.com/Trend-Enterprises-Sight-Words-Bingo/dp/B007YCMCIA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1424995667&sr=8-1&keywords=sight+word+bingo

Are you in Sight Word world? Share your tips and tricks that help your child memorize their first 100 words.

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October Shanagans !!!!

October is the month of spooky treats and sneaky tricks.. This year I decided we would do something super special.

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We went to Disneyland and did Trick or Treating with Mickey and Friends. It was such a magical experience for myself since the last time I was actually there was before I could remember even being there. So even as I disguised the trip as something special for my son it was also something super special for me. As soon as the sun went down the decorations and spooky noises came out and I was in awwwww. I loved how they lit the castle and you could see spiders crawling over it and the purple color of the castle so perfect. My son was quick to say he saw spells being cast all over he park and the Magic of Disney made us feel like we were caught in a spell. I loved how they set up stations so the kiddos can collect yummy treat and if lucky catch characters posing for pictures. My son is still talking about his conversation with Pirate Goofy. I honestly cannot wait to go back. I had such a great time with my son. He was a real trooper and did well even thought it was crowded. Unfortunaly we did not get to all the rides that night but the ones we did get on were AWESOME. I have first hand experience on why people fall in love with this place. We are now ready to tackle our next trip with out laniards and pins. Our first pin is the first time at Disney pin that we were given at the ticket counter.

I’m already starting to save my pennies so we can go once again next year. Definatly visiting Disney on a budget is very doable. Never let anything stop you. It will all be worth it.

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Thomas and Percy Halloween Party at Roaring Camp Railways was such a fun day for my little one. He was able to finally meet his favorite trains; Thomas the Tank Engine and his best friend Percy. This was the first year Percy made it to Roaring Camp. The day was beautiful and all the activities were so much fun. My son could not contain his excitement when we walked into the park and he was surrounded by trains.  We were able to take pictures with Thomas and Percy. Sir Topham Hatt was also available to take pictubut we did not have time. We also enjoyed all the activities they were offering. Tattoos and face painting, and picking pumpkins to take home and jumping in the Bounce House. I think having a bouncy house is essential to giving kids a fun time. The best part was our 20 min train ride. It was a relaxing ride thru the area pulled one direction by Thomas and then pulled back to the rail station by Percy.

I would defiantly suggest this trip if you have the chance to visit a railroad station where Thomas the Tank Engine stationed. The wonder of it will live forever in your childs memory

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Boo at the Zoo was a super fun event the Oakland Zoo holds over a weekend in Oct. The kids and grown ups are encouranged to come in costume, participate in a costume parade, enjoy the scavanger hunt and maybe take a spooky train ride.  We saw huge spooky bats; new to me since the last visit we made to the zoo. I thought they were pretty cool. Most were sleeping but some were up scratching and swinging away. Reminded me of a book we read ; Bats at the beach by Brian Lies. Check it out if you have not. But  they were not the only animals we saw up close. During the Animal Theater show we saw a Farrett, a Horned owl and a Black snack. Honestly I cant tell you the name of the snack because I was so freaked out. This mom does not like snakes. But I did learn that its not poisenous and it kills its pray by thrashing it about and this type of snake pretend to be a cobra when its faced with a danger. As we visited different stations to learn about animals we also got our booklet stamped so we could claim a prize at the end of our scavanger hunt. This made being at the zoo so much more fun. To end the day we moved on over to Adventure Land to enjoy a kid coaster, a zippy plane ride and the carasoul.

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Well I hope you all had a fabulous october and please let me know what cool and fun things you do to celebrate and count down to halloween.
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