Kindergarten Priority Words

Kindergarten Reading and Writing Priority Words
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Research has confirmed that reading and writing skills grow with the increase of priority word vocabulary.  By the end of kindergarten, your child should be able to read and write these words quickly and correctly. Please take time to practice these words at home, as they are an important part of your child's reading and writing success.  

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can
go
he
like
see
she
to
we
is
me
my
play
the
with
 at
do
in
it
look
said
was
you
am
come
get
on
put
up
and
are
this
went
what
will
all
for
her
not
so
they


Exciting Ways to Practice Priority Words

Delicious Words -Write the priority words in whipped cream, peanut butter, or anything you can eat and then enjoy the snack!


Magic Paint- Using a paintbrush and a cup of water, have your child "paint" sight words on a backyard fence or sidewalk.

Magnetic Letters- Using magnetic letters, have your child create the priority words on the refrigerator or baking sheet.  You may also want to try foam letters in the bathtub.  

Sing a Song of Sight Words- Practice priority words by singing them to a familiar tune or make up your own.  Some songs you may include are “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” or “Row, Row, Row Your Boat”. 


Jump On It- Copy priority words on index cards (one word per card).  Make a second set of the same words.  Scatter one set face up on the floor, leaving about a foot between each word.  Place the other set in a stack facedown.  Turn over the first card on the stack.  Have your child read the word (offer help as needed) and then jump on the corresponding card on the floor.  Turn over the next card and have your child read it and jump to that word on the floor.  Continue until your child has jumped on all of the words.  Mix up the cards and play again


Which Word Wins?- Sit with you child and look at the newspaper to see just how often priority words pop up in print.  Ask your child to choose a priority word from the list and an article from the paper.  Look for the word together.  Highlight and count the word each time it appears.  Try the same thing with a second priority word.  Which word appears more often?


Rainbow Letters- Turn priority words into rainbows!  Have your child write a priority word on paper in big letters.  Using different colored crayons, trace around the word again and again, reading the word each time.


Read My Back- “Write” a priority word on your child’s back.  Can your child guess the word?  Trade places.  Let you child trace a priority word on your back.  Continue taking turns tracing and guessing priority words.


On the Run- The next time you are going somewhere with you child, play a priority word game.  It’s easy- just have your child find as many priority words as he or she can on billboards and signs.  You can play this game in a car, on a walk, or even at the grocery store.


Memory Game- Create two sets of priority word cards on index cards (one word per card).  Spread all cards out and turn them upside down.  Take turns turning two cards over and looking for a match.  Continue until all word matches have been found