This school year is a big one in our house. Last week one of my sons started Kindergarten and the other started his Senior year of high school. Kindergarten is shocking enough; I’m still having a hard time letting the fact that my first baby is a Senior sink in. It seems like just yesterday the two of us were practicing the alphabet and sight words, then I blinked. Now we’re figuring out what he would like to do and where he would like to go after high school.
While my oldest works toward his independence from us, my youngest needs our help practicing for this year and beyond. These days, Kindergarten is more than learning how to color inside the lines. Now kids have to know how to read by the end of the year.
While Dub learned a lot about letter sounds in Pre-K and can sound some words out, we also have a list of sight words to practice. To get him ready for this, I made him some Kindergarten sight word flash cards.
Kindergarten Sight Word Flash Cards
Sight words, or High Frequency Words, are words that your Kindergartener should be able to recognize by sight. These words appear frequently in printed text and are often the base of larger words. They are also phonetically irregular and can’t be sounded out. Words like at, do, the, has, and got are examples of sight words or high frequency words.
To make my sight word flash cards, I took a trip to my local craft store. I found an easy to read alphabet stencil, scrap card stock about the size of index cards, and metallic pens. I also used plastic rings similar to a key ring but more flexible to hold them together.
Making the sight word flash cards is easy, but does take a little time, depending on how detailed you are with them. I liked the colors of the card stock and thought it would hold Dub’s interest more.
On a piece of card stock (or an index card), place the stencil and color in each letter with a metallic pen. I like the color of the metallic pens, but you could use any marker that dries quickly and doesn’t bleed for this project.
After your words are printed on the card, punch a hole or two in the corner or along the top and secure them with a plastic ring. In a pinch, a string or a zip tie would also work. Now you have a set of sight word flash cards that are easy to flip through and won’t get separated.
Box Tops At Costco
Getting my kids ready for the upcoming school year also means helping their school in any way that I can. One easy way to do that is by purchasing everyday items that participate in the Costco Box Tops campaign. This way, we save money and help our son’s school at the same time.
For instance, as part of my youngest son’s school supply list, he had to bring in some Ziploc bags for the teacher. These are things we use anyway, so we purchased the variety pack at Costco. Now we are all set for sandwich bags and freezer bags as well as gallon and quart sized bags for Dub’s classroom.
While my oldest son doesn’t have a supply list anymore, he does need to eat breakfast. He has to leave the house at 6:20 am to catch his bus, so a bowl of cereal is about all I’m going to get him to fix for breakfast. At Costco, I can stock up on General Mills products and get an additional 8 Box Tops on specially marked packages. Pretty good deal, I say!
As if getting 8 Box Tops wasn’t great enough, you can also enter the Golden Box Tops sweepstakes for a chance to win one of 3,000 BoxTops prize packs and an additional 100 eBoxTops. Back to school time has never been easier!
How do you help your children get ready for school?