Hidden Sight Word Coloring Worksheets! (Freebie alert!)

Hidden Sight Words Worksheets from HeidiSongs
 

Today I am really excited to tell you about a great resource that we have been working on in the HeidiSongs office since August:  our new Hidden Sight Word Coloring Worksheets!  The idea for this has been bumping around in my brain for quite a while, but I never had time to do anything with it until the end of last summer when I finally created my first one for the word “the.”

 

I posted it on my HeidiSongs Facebook Page for some feedback, and then made a few changes and re-posted it.  The response from everyone online at the time was extremely positive, and I have actually had quite a few inquiries from those teachers, wanting to know if I have finished them yet!  And now, finally, the answer is YES, thanks to the hard work and creative skills of Krista in the HeidiSongs office, who completed the set of words from Sing & Spell Vol. 1 with my guidance.  (No, I am NOT Superwoman and if I  tried to do all of these myself they would NEVER get done!!!!!)

 

But back to the Hidden Sight Word Coloring Worksheets!  After creating the first one, I attached it to a homework packet for my students once I had introduced our first sight word, “the.”  When the children brought back their homework, I asked them to show me what they had done, and many of them were very excited about their papers, and were proudly showing them off!  Since then, we have done a few more for homework, and a few in class.  It seems that these worksheets are just the right amount of challenge for the children; they are not too hard and not too easy.

 

They can be done independently with most of them getting them right.  They are almost self-checking, in that when the child is done, he sees that the word itself comes up.  Of course, I’ve discovered that the brighter children in the class can tell what word is written in the middle of the design before I’ve even told them what word to look for, of course.  But they don’t seem unhappy at all by this; in fact, they seem quite pleased with themselves!

This little boy likes to use lots of bright colors!
 

In choosing the “distractor” words (the wrong answers) to go in the sections around the outside of the target word, we tried hard to choose words that would be very close visually so as to really make the kids think before coloring and be good for visual discrimination as well as reading.  Another thing I like about it is that although there is one color designated for the target word, the instructions leave the rest of the coloring as “optional,” and allow the children to make them the color of their choice.  My intention was to allow teachers to tell the class that they should either color it or not color it, at their discretion, based on their own classroom management needs and how much time they need to fill.

Here is an example of one page done for homework where the child colored only the required spaces.
 

Children doing this at home for homework can then color the outside sections whether or not they wish to, and that is exactly what my students did, of course!  Some of them really had fun with it and colored in everything with lots of bright colors, and others that don’t enjoy that sort of thing as much did the minimum.  So it all worked out exactly as I wanted!

 

Here is an example of a page done for homework in which the child chose to color in the whole page.  I like giving them options!
 

We are including a couple of them as freebies so that you can try them out and see if your students respond to them as well as mine did.  I find them to be easy to use and very flexible as far as classroom management is concerned.  I hope you enjoy using these as much as we are!  The set of Hidden Sight Word Worksheets are for sale here.  They include all of the words in Sing and Spell the Sight Words, Vol. 1.  We’ll be making the worksheets for the remaining volumes of our Sight Word DVD’s ASAP.

**UPDATE! We now have these Hidden Sight Word worksheets available for ALL SIX sight word volumes!!!! As well as Hidden Alphabet, Hidden Numbers, Hidden Parts of Speech, and Hidden CVC Words Vol 1 and Vol 2!!

 

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Also, I would like to give a great big shout out and THANK YOU to the wonderful teachers of the Wisconsin Kindergarten Association for inviting me to come speak in their beautiful state!  I had a great time meeting so many nice people and sharing my ideas, and they treated me like a queen.  If you live anywhere nearby and are looking for a great conference to go to, consider WKA’s annual Kindergarten conference next year!  They are trying to get the wonderful and fabulous Deanna Jump to come speak next year, although she is as yet unconfirmed. Don’t miss it!!!!

And now here I am in Dallas for the University of Dallas Catholic Ministry Conference!  I will be flying home to Los Angeles, CA on Saturday morning.  It was very exciting to be speaking to what may have been the largest audience EVER- nearly 250 people!  I did three different sessions, and it was lots of fun!  I do hope to be invited back next year!  But WOW- am I exhausted!  If you would like to see the handouts from those three sessions, you may download them here:

Bananas for Apps! – Great Ideas for Using the iPad® & iPod® in the Early Childhood Classroom

Favorite Multisensory Tips and Tricks For Teaching Phonemic Awareness and Sounding Out Words

Musical Math: Movement and Manipulatives

 

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About Heidi Butkus

Heidi Butkus has been teaching in California public schools since 1985. She has somehow managed to stay in Kindergarten all of those years, with the exception of five years in first grade, and also taught a parent participation preschool for a short while! Combining a strong knowledge of brain research with practical experience, Heidi has created a wealth of fun and engaging teaching techniques that work well with diverse populations. She has presented at conferences nationwide, and is the owner and founder of HeidiSongs.com. Heidi has also created fourteen original CD's and DVD's for teaching beginning reading and math skills, three musical plays designed especially for young performers, and has written some picture books and many other teaching resources. Heidi's multimedia workshops are filled with fun and motivational educational activities that have been classroom tested and revised for effectiveness with all types of learners.
  1. ASAP! Krista in our HeidiSongs office is working as fast as she can. It took her about two and a half weeks to make this first set. (She works for us part time, about 20 hours a week doing computer work and digital artwork. It's tedious stuff, unfortunately, and she hits the wall after a few hours and has to take a break, I understand. So you can probably expect a new set every two weeks or so. I will continue to announce the new sets, as well as any other new products on my blog. There is also a HeidiSongs newsletter that you can sign up for. Go to this link and scroll down to the bottom right: http://www.heidisongs.com/index.php.
    Thanks!
    Heidi

  2. These look great, Heidi and Krista. I looked for a link to the first set and did not find one. Be sure and share that as soon as you're ready to sell them. Thanks for all you and your business family do for teachers and kids.
    Kim

  3. To Kim Farrar,
    It was right there at the top of the post, I promise! I added another link in the middle of the post and yet another at the end, since you are the second person that said they couldn't find it.
    Thanks for letting us know it wasn't obvious! It's probably a good idea to include a link to something that's for sale at the end of the post as well anyway!
    Heidi

  4. I love these!!!!! My kiddos this year are slow moving and most need a lot more practice with sight words. I think we will try one out tomorrow !! Can't wait! Thanks again!!

  5. No, right now they are only available on our website. Sorry! We are working on setting up a Teacher's Notebook store, but they are not on there yet. And we will be working on a TPT store eventually, with our downloadable products, too, but we are thinking of configuring them differently on TPT. They will probably be packaged so that people can buy all of the resources for each word, one word at a time. It's a bit hard to explain… but once we get it set up, you'll see what I mean.
    Heidi

  6. To Taylor:
    Yes, we try to combine both the Dolch word list and the Fry word list, as well as the word list that my district uses, which is selected by a committee. (But I need to meet my own needs as well, LOL!)
    At the moment, we are simply making these worksheets to accompany the words on each of our sight word CD's. There are 140 word songs recorded, so it usually covers most of the words that kinder teachers need, at least. I am still planning on doing more sight word CD's, but I need to complete some other projects first.
    If there are certain words that you need done, you can always suggest them!
    Heidi

  7. These are lovely! I will keep them in mind for when my preschooler is ready for them. Sooner than later I'm sure. I'm finding that my older students (1st grade+) do great with their sight words so far…but we are having a bit of trouble with the word "what". I didn't see it in any of the packs you have available though. Will make a hand-drawn one for the time being. Thanks for the idea!

  8. I love the hidden sight word pages. Our word list this year nearly tripled, so we look for any extra practice we can give our students. I would like to know if there is a way to order the words that are on our district list but not included in any of your lists? I would be very interested! Thank you!

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