We use a mix of phonics and sight words with our homeschooling kids. I have found that helping kids learn how to read with phonics gives them a foundatio Elementary Activities, Learning Together, Reading/Phonics
Number magnets to keep track of kids you allow to leave the room. Use a cookie sheet with glass stones glued to scrapbook paper and a magnet. then trim in fun duct tape! (The cookie sheet magnet board is pretty sweet for multiple different crafts.