Using an 11x17 piece of photo matting I had leftover from a Christmas project, I first drew three winding roads and then colored in the "grass" all around them. The top two roads include sight words and the bottom, longer road is filled with nonsense word combinations.
Let me tell you, the boys were EXCITED!! With a timer set for 1 minute on each road, they sped through the sight words in about half the time. Then a road block. Nonsense words are harder, obviously, and as Beck began to realize that he wasn't going to make it through the entire nonsense word course in the allotted time, he got frustrated and started giving up. But that was the whole point! Because next time the words will be a little easier and make a little more sense and his truck will driver further on the path. It took him three tries to finish the nonsense words road and he was jumping up and down when he did.
The Sight & Nonsense Word Road Course quickly became less of a challenge and now we use it as a great diversion when regular school is getting a little boring. Maybe I'll flip it over and create a race car speed track on the other side!
What ways do you have
for helping your children learn the nonsense words?