Who doesn’t love to play Candy Land? If your kiddos are anything like mine, you get to play this classic game all the time!
Why not sprinkle in a little learning fun and add in some sight words? Your little learner won’t even care that they are actually learning to read!
Did you know that 50% of all printed text consists of sight words? And believe it or not sight words account for 75% of children’s printed texts according to the Comparatave Study to Identify High Frequency Words in Printed Material by Dennis J. Kear and Marsha A Gladhart.
How To Play
- Chose the sight words you want your child to work on mastering.
- Using sticky notes, label each card with a sight word.
- Play the game as usual except before each player can move their playing piece, they must read the sight word on their card.
What about those double color cards? No worries, they are a bonus! Your kiddo gets to practice two words each time they pull one of these cards from the deck.
Tip ~ If your child is just beginning with sight words, limit the number of words introduced. Start with 3-5 words. It’s OK if the same words are repeated many times on the cards in the deck. Repetition is key in memorization. As your child masters these words add 3-5 more words.
Remember, each child learns differently and at different rates. Some children will be able to learn 4 or 5 new words a week while others may be able to learn up to 15 new words a week.
You know your child best so adapt this game for your child’s needs to optimize their learning success.
This game is super versatile. You can incorporate so many different basic skills using this game. Try it out with some of the following skills.
- Letter Identification
- Letter Sounds
- CVC words
- Spelling words
What other skills could you use this for? Leave a comment. I’d love to here your ideas!