Let’s talk about sight words!
Sight words are common words that pop up frequently when reading. Recognizing these words helps kids to become faster, more fluent readers, since they don’t have to stop and try to sound them out. Memorizing sight words is often a large part of beginner reading curriculums. If your child has been working on the same words for a long time, working on sight words can become frustrating.
How can music help?
- Music can help to make repetitive learning activities (like practicing sight words) more fun and motivating!
- Musical stimuli like rhythm, melody, and movement can help kids to recall information (like sight words) more effectively.
- Music “wakes up” different parts of the brain, helping to solidify information as it is learned.
Click HERE to hear a sight words song written by our music therapist!
This song is written to the tune of “Kiss the Girl” from the movie The Little Mermaid.
Sing with me now!
My oh my
Hey, hey it’s time to read!
Oh what word do you see?
I see (drumroll) ____________
Oh yes, the word is ____________
Yes, the word is __________
Here is a game that you can play while singing this song:
- Hide sight word flashcards around the room.
- While singing the first part of the song, march or dance around the room. Movement while learning is so important!
- During the drumroll, have your child go and find a flashcard.
- Have them read the word to you and then use it to fill in the blank spots in the lyrics!
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