Friday Find: Word Strips (Oh, how I love The Dollar Tree)

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).


  1. I highly recommend making sight word Go Fish with index cards! Just use 5 words at a time, with 2 cards of each word.

  2. schmoo7:27 PM

    I have the same problem with my son who is the oldest in his class.

    thanks for the idea.

  3. I bought those at the Dollar Tree too!

  4. I've gotta go check out our Dollar Tree to see if they have those strips!

    Bioluminescence, I LOVE the idea of making a Go Fish game using sight words!!

  5. Great idea! My son is working on learning to read & he would love this. We will have to head to the dollar tree this week!

  6. Those are cute strips! Oh, how I miss teaching...

    However, I may not have thought of this idea. I've got to start thinking more preschool level instead of 5th grade!!

    Thanks for sharing, Michelle!

  7. Ooo - I need to share with you! 123 & ABC: a Learning Cooperative is a phenominal website for teaching resources -- for teachers and parents alike. And they have lots of cool giveaways, so make sure you check everything out.


  8. Hi Michelle, I didn't know you are in SD too! Thanks for visiting and following...you might want to go back..as you were leaving me a comment, I was listed you for The Adorable Blog Award! Congrats, now go pickup the button and rules :)

  9. Hey, I am a teacher, and I wanted to share this website with you:

    You can put any words in there and it will make a template for you of the word lined out or just the lins for your little girl to write the word next to the word your have on there - did that make sense? It's a really neat site. I would love for you to come to my blog page - I am just getting started. I put ideas for encouraging reading and what research says about phonics vs whole language. I will just address what parents what to hear once people start coming by. You are very creative! I love your Stars out of the TP cardboard, and I love the baby gift you created - and I just went to a baby shower today - that would have been a great gift - I'll be sure to do that next time! I am now following your blog. Sharon


  10. I love using Word Strips. I am definitely going to have to find a Dollar Tree in my area.

  11. I love the dollar store teaching supplies, why oh why didn't they start making stuff for that section until after I was out of the regular ed classroom? By the time I was teaching special ed I had a whole load of teacher stash to fall back on.

  12. Try playing a board game called Er-u-di-tion that incorporates both sight words and phonics.

    This award winning game helps children learn to read, spell and understand the most common words in the English language while playing an entertaining board game.

    Cards are categorized so children of all reading levels can play together!