Hey, friend! Are you trying to help your kiddo learn to read? Me too!
It can be HARD, right?! Even my five-year-old has told me, “Mom, I don’t like English. It’s hard!” And he’s RIGHT! It IS hard. English is incredibly hard! And sight words can be the hardest of all. It’s easy to get discouraged when we get something wrong over and over.
Sight words aren’t long words, or difficult to say or even hard to recognize. But, a lot of sight words are cheater words.
Most of them don’t follow the rules. They are hard to sound out for a beginning reader. The silent -e. The hard -c sound. Words that look like they should rhyme, but don’t. Or words that shouldn’t rhyme, but they do!
Have you had this struggle with your child too? As moms, it’s hard to watch our kids struggle, right? My kindergartner would refuse to practice or even try. Tears, tantrums, the whole nine yards. Until we found something that works for him.
He has always liked his “tablet time”. I’m sure there are a lot of people out there that would hyperventilate with horror at the amount of screen time this kid has under his belt. But, that’s fine.
When he was two-and-a-half years old, he could correctly identify a pentagon, a hexagon, a trapezoid and an octagon in everyday items. My inner mommy would cackle hysterically when people gave me compliments on teaching him such complex shapes at such a young age. If only these people knew he was learning all this from an app on my tablet and I didn’t do much more than encourage him. Half the time, I was just as surprised as they were that he knew them!
This boy learns well with his allotted tablet time and I’m not going to refuse to use the resource when it works so well for him. And I’m so glad there are people out there that develop quality apps that we can use! They are definitely one of my mommy heroes.
Click that next button to come see the 5 apps we use to keep sight word practice tear-free and FUN!