Months ago, I was inspired by the Sight Words Parking Lot shared by Montessori MOMents, and finally got around to introducing this to Aodhan – who has quickly progressed beyond simply memorizing the alphabet and is now comfortably reading familiar words. Taking his lead and looking for a way to make this fun, I decided to transform the idea of a parking lot into something that holds more interest in our house: trains!
Using some easel paper I traced the image of a roundhouse and wrote a sight word inside each rectangle. I used words that Aodhan sees often in our daily reading and words that get used in our house on a daily basis. I then used little bits of construction paper and a marker to add one sight word to each train. So, for every word that was on the roundhouse, there was also a matching train.
We used our wooden tracks and made a little scene for each train to travel through before they found their way to the Sight Word Roundhouse and Aodhan had to ‘put them to sleep’.
This was easy to put together and would be easily adapted to any interest and most any learning level. I think for a small daycare, you could easily use contact paper to add something similar to a table or a tiled floor.