Does your elementary-aged child come home with lists of sight words to learn? Are you looking for some fun tools to help boost word recognition and spelling?
My son, who is in First Grade, is assigned word lists to practice with the expectation that he can recognize and spell each one of the ten words on the list. While flashcards are helpful, I have found some other tools that are both fun and effective…
My favorite tool for sight word recognition is https://www.spellingcity.com, a subscription-based (but affordable) website that allows parents (or teachers) to create word lists quickly and easily for sight word and spelling practice. Once the words are entered, students can use a “Teach Me” mode for a multi-sensory introduction to the word list and then play engaging games to reinforce their sight word knowledge, memory, reading fluency and spelling. My son has some favorite games but I encourage him to try the others too so that he is being presented with the words in different ways. While full-access to this site and the ability to create lists requires a Premium subscription, parents and teachers can create a free account for access to the sight words lists on the “Teaching Resources” page.
The Free membership allows access to the Spelling Test feature and a few of the games. With this membership, parents and teachers can also create new word lists or save the lists shared on the Resources page. One of my favorite aspects of SpellingCity.com is that most of the activities can be used on the iPad (and other tablets). With the Premium membership, I can add the words provided by my son’s teacher and then create assignments with a specific order of activities for my son to complete on the iPad, although the assignments are not required for him to access the word lists, spelling tests and games on his device.
If your child’s school or teacher has purchased a class subscription, your child should be provided with a username and password to access the site. Teachers can add lists and assign lessons for students to complete in school or at home.