I can not believe that my firstborn is starting kindergarten in the fall! How did that happen?? When the first day of school arrives, I will be in desperate need of a support group, chocolate and Costco-sized quantities of Kleenex. But for now, we are having fun prepping at home with crafts, activities and worksheets!
We started reading the Bob Book series over a year ago, and it has made the learning to read process a breeze! I was skeptical that the rudimentary illustrations and simple storylines would lose Leah's interest quickly, but I was wrong--she loves them!
Once your child learns all of the basic letter sounds and how to merge them together to sound out words, she'll start to learn "sight words": commonly used words that children should memorize by sight so that they don't have to sound them out every time they appear in text. The Bob Books have a special Sight Word series, but sight words appear in the regular collections as well.
Included in the download links below are five separate pages of the most common sight words, with seven words on each page (35 total sight words.) To use these as a practice tool, have your child first trace the word on the left, then trace again in the middle using the guided lines, then write the word on his or her own in the guided lines on the right. Work left to right, one word at a time.
I hope you find these printables useful! Whether you're homeschooling or just providing supplementary learning at home, getting involved in your child's education is the most important thing you can do to encourage his or her academic success, so kudos to you! And happy learning to your littles :).