Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Sight Word Practice

Whenever educational tasks becomes a game, children enjoy themselves and hardly know they are learning.  Today I tried a little whiteboard fun with Sophia.  She is very interested in learning, so I try to expose her to different things to see what grabs her interest.

Sophia has been learning a few sight words (see, a, I, and and the), so we tried this easy little game.

I wrote a few sight words on the whiteboard.  I called out a sight word and Sophia ran to erase it.  She had so much fun with this very simple task.  I wasn't really sure if she was solid in these 5 sight words, but this little "assessment" showed me that she indeed knows all of them:)

I went on to try this little task with Audrey and her math facts.  Although she can add well, I wanted this task to be both automatic and fluent.  I called out a sum and she was quick to erase the problem. She also enjoyed this task!

When I was teaching in the classroom, my students would alway enjoy racing against each other  to find answers to math problems on the whiteboard.  This is just another great way to make learning FUN! 


Mrs. Miner said...

You must have so much fun with your little students. I can't believe how little they are and what they can do. Bravo to you!
Mrs. Miner's Monkey Business

Jessica said...

Great idea! I am going to try this with my daughter:) Thanks for sharing!

School Sparks Renee said...

White boards are so easy and so much fun for kids. Thanks for reminding me! Renee

Lori Rosenberg said...

Great idea! I must try this!

Lori (
Teaching With Love and Laughter

goong said...

What such a great idea I will definitely do the Math one with my little girl...thank you for sharing Annie.

Charmaine Ng said...

I'd still have trouble with that quick math ;) But this is such an easy and replicable idea. Love it!

- Charmaine, Community Advocate at QuickSchools

Crayons and Curls said...

Wow! Why haven't I thought of this! What a wonderful idea! I can't wait to use this with my class! Thank you for sharing this idea and pictures of your sweeties! :)
Crayons and Curls

Eileen Moran said...

I love this dry erase board game. I can't believe I never thought of it, it's brilliant! As a classroom teacher I love how this can become such a quick way to assess my students' knowledge! I have to take this opportunity to tell you thank you! My students and I have just finished your Ready to Read Unit 1, I cannot even begin to explain what a huge success it was! You were right, my kiddos favorite part was also decorating the sight words with sprinkles lol, but they also love the sight word caterpillar. I just purchased unit two, and will begin implementing it tomorrow :) we loved your at family and can family books so much that each one of my students made their very own. What really shocked me though was that I planned for them to draw pictures such as "hat" and "cat", and then I planned to write the text for them. However, my jaw dropped when they presented me with their finished books and had written the words out themselves! I was so proud, but you should be to, as I followed your plans to a T! I just cannot thank you enough. If you ever have a moment,, I would love for you to check out my blog so you can see how they did with your unit (of course I gave you credit for it!) the URL is It would be an honor to me and my class if you left us a comment :)


Annie Moffatt said...

Eileen!! WOW! Thank you SO much for taking the time to write that comment and about the Ready2Read program:) That is TOTALLY AWESOME!!! Thank you SO much for sharing!!

Jackie said...

I also really like the white board idea. Right now my daughter doesn't have one, but I do so I may just have to bring it along and use these ideas. I think the math one will be a big hit. I could use it for both sums and number recognition for the preschooler. They always love a challenge.

Shawn Fan said...

Did you have to write it again on the white board if the kiddos erased the wrong thing?

Annie Moffatt said...

Hi Shawn,
Yes, I did write it again and it actually really helps to stop and recognize that sight word :) Thanks for your question!
Annie :)

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