A few years ago, a teacher I know ordered (from who-knows-where) really cute sight word pillowcases for her students. I knew that they would be easy enough to create something similar for my own children someday…
In order to be a fluent reader, it is important for children to be able to automatically identify frequently used and difficult-to-decode words. Otherwise, children will take considerable time to read words/sentences/full text and comprehension will likely suffer. Thus, it is important to give early readers multiple opportunities to practice recognizing these words through a variety of activities in many different contexts.
Sight Word Activity – Make a Pillowcase Using the Dolch Word List
I first found a list of Kindergarten Dolch Words and I typed the words into the software that came with my Silhouette program. Once I had the words laid out in the design where I wanted them, I mirrored the image so that when I cut it on the heat transfer vinyl, the words would be visually correct when ironed onto the pillowcase (I used a heat press because I have one).
Now my oldest has exposure to many of the most commonly used words in the English language as he falls asleep at night.