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Winter Theme Sight Word Printables

Winter is such a fun time of the year! I love creating new ways to engage learning like these winter theme sight word printables. Sight words are the basic set of (about) 100 words that typically appear over and over in most sentences we read – such as  “who, the, he, she, were, does, their, me, be.” Sight words are a very important piece to developing strong literacy skills.

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In my classroom, I used the winter theme sight words to introduce our winter unit! My kindergarten students loved looking at the new winter Kindergarten sight word games and were ready to start learning!

For me, I always try to make learning fun, fresh and different. I love using these cute winter theme sight word printables to make sight word games, sight word work sheets and activities. I believe that it’s very important to put ALL sight words into context, like putting the sight words into a sentence. When we put sight words into sentences, it gives the sight words more meaning which translates into a greater understanding of the new words learned. I believe that when we don’t put sight words into a sentence or into context, kids are just memorizing and missing the important component of reading for meaning.

How to apply this strategy:

Here is a great example of how we can put these words into sentences.

Sight word: BIG

Now put it in a sentence:

  1. The dog is big.
  2. My big sister took me to the park.
  3. The big cat is orange.

As a sight word game, I’ll have students come up to the SMARTBoard or use the chart paper to have them write their own sentence! Students usually love pretending to be the teacher and love having the help of their peers to write their sentences. In my classroom, I used these winter theme sight words to do just that! Students picked from a pile, read the word out loud and then wrote a sentence using that word. They were truly so excited to play this new sight word game that they forgot about learning.

Strategies for learning at home:

For both my students and my own children, I always try to make learning fun and not a chore. As a parent, I know how daunting it can be to have to do homework, especially when you have multiple children! The struggle of sight words and the pressure parents feel towards teaching their children them, is often difficult!

Parents will often say to me: “I’m so worried! My child can remember the word when it’s on my fridge, but then when they read it in their book, they couldn’t remember the word anymore. Do you think there’s something wrong?”

This isn’t an indication of anything being wrong! It’s a function of how our brains work. When we are actively involved in our learning, we are much more likely to retain the information. This is the same for learning sight words! When kids are actively involved and putting the words into context, they will retain more information! My suggestion: Put them into context! Take the sight words of the week and make them into sight word games like:

  1. Ask you child to pick a few sight words and put them into a sentence.
  2. Play sight word matching games (my winter theme sight word printables are perfect for this! Link is below J )
  3. Play hide and seek with the sight words that are in your child’s book for that week. For example, if the sight word is “the” see how many times you can find the word “the” in their book.

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