I know the "school year" is almost at an end, however, here in our household, we will be continuing our learning throughout the summer. One of the things we will be working on is beginning "sight words" and beginning reading. Our Little Miss is eager to absorb as much information as her brain will take in (although she prefers Art time over Language any day!).
It was also brought to my attention, after she was put in a "combo" class at her preschool that she is not getting the kind of education we believe she is capable of. She is with students a whole year younger and her current teacher (she moved half way through the year) is focusing primarily on the younger set....So, to help Little Miss at home, I have tapped into the great resources that the Internet has to offer as well as offering some "hands on" work. For the hands on portion we purchased some word strips from the Dollar Store (At the Dollar Tree, they have a whole section dedicated to teaching materials!).
For Internet Resources we like: Starfall and Sight Words With Samson
I cut the strips in half (or in thirds) and wrote common "sight words"- words that are common in books at their reading level, but cannot be sounded out phonetically. For a listing of sight words for the Pre-k age, do a google search.
I started with her name and then moved on to Little Dude, Mommy and Daddy
I then wrote out a handful of beginning sight words for her to practice. what's also great about word strips is that, as we add more, we can use them to form sentences as we talk about the words. For nouns that they have not yet learned we will be using pictures from magazines and photographs.
And of course, every hard worker and student needs a (banana) slurpee to keep them going! :)
**Disclaimer: Every child is different and develops differently, so take cues from him/her to know where they are developmentally (in other words, not all five year olds are ready to read and write, but yours might be).