Using A Sight Word Lesson At Church!

by Kathy Sykes on March 20, 2013 · 6 comments

Church site wordsI have talked about how I am using different methods to help my son recognize and remember his sight words from kindergarten. Well, another method that we are using is our church program each Sunday.

Our church program often has many of the words that Thomas is learning each week. These are words such as from, father, are, did, etc. What I ask Thomas to do is go through the program and circle all of the words that he knows or recognizes. At the end of service, I have him recite them to me. This process also keeps him occupied if he gets a little fidgety during church.

Another great tip I learned from a blogger to help kids focus in church (this has nothing to do with sight words but I think is worth sharing), is to have your child mark a line on his/her program every time they hear the preacher say certain words like “God”, “pray”, “faith”, “grace”, etc. This really gets the kids to listen to the sermon.

One of my agendas in the church as the First Lady is to support and encourage literacy among the children. We have set up a children’s library with the hopes of encouraging a love for reading and speech. We have our children’s ministry participate in a number of programs each year and speech and the delivery of words is focused on.

I hope that my tips will be useful to you and please share your tips for helping kids remember site words.

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Denise In Bloom April 3, 2013 at 2:50 pm

I love this post, and great idea I can implement with my boys in church. Thanks for the great tip Kathy. I am going to be featuring this link tomorrow on the link up.

(Love your new look here too! )

God bless you!


Kathy Sykes April 4, 2013 at 9:35 am

Thanks Denise for the feature link. That is exciting.


Ramona April 3, 2013 at 11:29 pm

Love this! I am a pw and am always looking for ideas to promote literacy as well. I have a turn in the nursery about 8 times a year, and I always try to bring a fun book to read with the little ones. If I think of it ahead of time, I’ll order a book recommended by Sally Shaywitz in “Overcoming Dyslexia” that help children to play with sounds and develop pre-reading skills.


Kathy Sykes April 4, 2013 at 9:35 am

Yes. It would seem that literacy would not be an issue in this day and age but it really is. Thanks for the comment.


Tereasa April 4, 2013 at 12:31 pm

Great ideas! My husband always includes a word search, plus a fill in the blank outline for his sermon in the program. This keeps the kids busy… until they start playing tic-tac-toe, which I allow as long as they’re quiet. 😉


Kathy Sykes April 4, 2013 at 6:48 pm

Thanks for the comment Tereasa. I gave to share that “search word” tip with my husband.


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