Whether it's your first child or your fourth, getting ready for Kindergarten is a huge milestone and getting ready for the big day is an exciting time for both parent and child. A great way to get ready or sharpen skills during the year is to practice with sight word flashcards.
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.
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. This is where this fun craft and/or printable will come in handy.
What are sight words or high-frequency words?
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.
DIY Kindergarten sight word flashcards
To make my sight word flashcards, I took a trip to my local craft store. I found an easy to read alphabet stencil, scrap cardstock about the size of index cards, and metallic pens. I also used plastic binder rings similar to a key ring but more flexible to hold them together.
Making the sight word flashcards 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 cardstock 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 flashcards that are easy to flip through and won't get separated.
If you don't have all of these items on hand or don't want to purchase more than you need, this flashcard set from Amazon has everything you need to make your own DIY flashcards. You won't even need a hole punch!
- If using cardstock, cut it in 4-6 equal rectangles.
- On a piece of cardstock or an index card, place the letter stencil and color in each letter of the word with a metallic pen or Sharpie.
- After your words are printed on the card, punch a hole or two in the corner or along the top of the card.
- Secure the cards together with a metal or plastic binder ring.
Free printable Kindergarten sight word flash cards
Don't feel like taking the time to make your own sight word flash cards? No problem! I have created a set that you can print and start using right away.
All you need to print these sight word flashcards besides a printer, obviously, is some card stock, a hole punch, and something to hold them all together, like binder rings. If you'd like, you could also reinforce the holes or get really fancy and laminate them if you don't have any card stock but happen to have a laminator.
Download and print: Kindergarten sight words printable.