Sight Words Game – Nerf Gun Target Practice.
Some kids have the ability to sit down and read lists of sight words, or look at flash cards and name the sight word, one after another. Some kids have the attention span and focus to learn sight words, whether they enjoy it or not, they just seem to do it. Other kids though, like my little boy Dimples, aren’t interested in sitting down and learning sight words the “traditional” way and would rather be shooting Nerf guns, jumping around, playing, singing, chatting and having fun. That’s why I came up with this active Sight Words Game. Because some kids are stubborn learners and don’t really care about sitting and reading sight words, they prefer to DO & LEARN things that are interesting to them.
Sight Words Game ‘Shot the Target word’.
It was windy and miserable, Dimples had way to much energy and did not want to do anything but play with his Nerf guns. So I grabbed the white Board and wrote up some sight words, we called them “target words” and I told him I had this cool new target practice game that I think he would be really good at. Depending on what stage of learning your child is at, this could be adapted using any words they are learning.
- Grab a few Nerf guns. (We found the best ones for this sight words game were ones hat had arrows or the round disc bullets).
- Write some sight words up on a White board. Leave a little room for error in between them.
- Get your child to read the words out with you, as you point to them one by one. (Just to make sure they are familiar with them).
- Tell them to listen carefully, keep their eyes on the board and get ready to shot the target word you call out.
- Call out a target sight word. (Try using silly voices and whispering, to make it more fun).
- Clap and carry on as they get it right.
- Get them to rub it off, after they shot it.
- Encourage them to reload quickly and keep their eyes on the target words.
- Once they are all gone. Re-write them in a different order. Then do it all again… This time grab a stop watch and tell them they need to beat their last score.
By learning sight words in an interesting and fun way, children enjoy it, making for a much more memorable experience.
Combining auditory, visual and physical components means a child is more engaged and focussed.
As you read through your sight words at the beginning you are allowing them to become familiar with the words.
By reading a target word out loud your child is hearing the words and then visually searching for it; connecting the word they heard to the visual word.
Aiming and shotting the word requires visual and motor coordination with focus and attention.
The concept of a ‘game’ establishes that learning the target sight word is the goal. Therefore, learning is the goal.
Rubbing the target word out, creates a sense of achievement and success, while again, reinforcing the target sight word visually.
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