Kindergarteners Learn Sight Words Through Creative, Student-Driven Activities
Learning sight words is a foundational component of the phonics curriculum in our Lower School classrooms.
While rote memorization is the standard method used in schools for learning sight words, where is the fun in that? At Allen- Stevenson, our talented kindergarten teachers have cemented these concepts through various fun activities that promote deeper learning and let boys take the driver’s seat in their educational experience.
During one activity, kindergarteners got up and moved during a “Sight Word Scavenger Hunt,” looking for sight words around their classrooms and our Assembly Hall! Teachers posted frequently used words in various typefaces around these spaces and sent boys out with a clipboard to identify the words.
Along with learning to recognize essential words like “that” and “look,” this activity familiarized the boys with different fonts. This skill is extremely important as letters of the alphabet often look different depending on whether they are bolded or italicized or written in Comic Sans versus Calibri.
In another activity, kindergarteners took their stuffed animal friends to “ABC School,” where they taught them how to recognize sight words. To show teachers how they had conducted their teaching, the boys recorded videos and submitted them on Seesaw. This lesson was a creative way for our boys to practice their phonics and have fun while learning. Letting the boys be the experts and teach their stuffed animal friends built confidence while reinforcing these necessary phonemic skills.
“There are so many opportunities to tailor our phonics curriculum to what the boys are interested in, thus piquing their engagement and creating passionate learners,” said Kindergarten Teacher Rebecca Lopez. “This curriculum is so fun, and it puts the boys in the driver’s seat of their learning. To see what they have retained and learned and then to see them apply it is so exciting!”