Do you have a beginning or intermediate reader in your home working on sight words? This sight word flashlight search with EVEREADY® batteries is a fun learning experience for kids. Scholastic, EVEREADY® and Meaningful Mama are teaming up to shine a light on learning, even in the dark. I came up with this flashlight sight word search to help promote a unique reading idea that will help kids engage in the process of learning new words.
My kids love flashlights. I think they got their daddy’s genes that way. Last Christmas, I stocked my husband’s stocking full of flashlights because it is all he really wanted. For this activity, we were able to utilize these flashlights, fitted with EVEREADY® batteries, to help my kids spot their sight words in their favorite books. What I’m presenting today is one idea to make learning to read fun, but I encourage you to head over to Scholastic to find even more great resources. You will find activities for a variety of ages of kids, and you can even print out your own bookmark for your flashlight reading activities. There’s also a great book offer at EVEREADY®. Fun flashlight reading can happen how I’m presenting it today or in forts or at pajama parties. Don’t get bogged down by the details. Explore the options presented and see if you can engage your kids in a little flashlight reading fun.
My Flashlight Reading: Sight Word Flashlight Search
I have a preschool child, a kindergarten student and a second grader. This activity can be adapted to all the different ages.
The first thing to do is grab a book. This can be a favorite you already have or a book that is new to your kids. If you need some book ideas, I hope you will check out my Character Development tab that will give you books working on different character traits.
Make sure you have your flashlights ready and working. This activity works best with flashlights that have a narrow beam. You could also use a laser pointer, key chain or button flashlight. Now it’s time to dim the lights. You still want to be able to read the words on the pages. The first time you read through the book, it’s just the kids time to shine their flashlights toward the book so you can read. You want to keep a steady gait so the kids can really enjoy the story for what it is – a story. The second time through the book is where the flash light fun begins. How you navigate this part with multiple kids is up to you. I think it is easiest to let the kids take turns, but if you have kids at similar levels, you could have them racing to find the “secret” (sight) word. Tell your child what word they’ll be looking for throughout the book. My kindergarten child might be searching for the word “and” for example. Every time the child spots the mystery word, they get to shine their light on the word. They are searching while you read through the book a second time. Assign words or even letters to kids at the appropriate age levels. The trick is the child must spot the mystery word before you turn the page. They might spy it multiple times on the same page, building both their confidence and sight word reading abilities.
You can continue the game through multiple books, changing up words and letters that need to be founds. Your kids will have a lot of fun engaging in reading in a new and unique way. I hope you will take the time to partner with Scholastic, EVEREADY® and Meaningful Mama to shine a light on reading.
PLUS: families in the NYC area are invited to visit the Scholastic Store in NYC for a fun Pajama Jam event on October 18th, 2014. Families can also host their own events at home to celebrate reading with the downloadable Pajama Jam Reading Party Toolkit.
How do you celebrate reading at your home?
Scholastic and EVEREADY® are teaming up to help parents shine a light on reading, even in the dark! EVEREADY®’s high quality batteries and flashlights are reliable and affordable and can be purchased at Dollar General or Target.
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of EVEREADY®. The opinions and text are all mine.