Welcome back as we all prepare for our upcoming Easter egg hunt together. We hope that you follow along and learn these sight words with us! Today we welcome the sight word, “the”! KC found it written out on my bathroom mirror first and screamed with delight. She’s familiar with this word (thanks to her Gigi – my mom), but when she saw it today she was a little confused (see picture for proof) because it started out like “to” but she knew that it wasn’t that word. I asked her to trace and spell out each letter and when she was done with, “t, h, e” she yelled out “Va! It’s va, mommy!” Next, I modeled out how to trace the letters again, slid my finger under it and said, “Yes, this is the word “the”, KC!”. The sound “th” is difficult for her to sound out so I made sure to spend a few minutes practicing the word out loud with her. I asked her to stick her tongue out between her teeth so that the “v” sound would be impossible for her to say. Low and behold, she said it correctly! Her tongue sticks way too far out, but it’s a start!
Then on her way to the kitchen to find her word on the fridge, she found the word “to” on a mirror in the hallway. She said, “What? That’s not ‘the’!” So we traced it together, slid our fingers underneath it and said “to” together. “The” was on the fridge as she expected, she tracked down the word “the” written out on her bathroom mirror, and later on she found “go” attached to a frame in the living room. She’s also already asking about our game in the backyard. We plan to take our sheets of paper with “go” and “to” from yesterday, add “the”, scatter them around on the grass, and run around yelling out each word as she jumps on them again.
As I had hoped, she naturally started using all three words in a sentence and said, “I’m going to ‘go to the’ potty, mommy!” with a huge grin. I probably shouldn’t be so surprised at how quickly she’s picking up these words, but I still am! Let us know how it’s going for you and your child! – lifeasallison