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Sight Words

Work with your child at home on their sight words! 

The development of sight word recognition continues to be a top priority when instructing emerging and beginning readers.

What Are Sight Words?

Sight Words (high-frequency, core words) are the words that are used most often in reading and writing.

Why Are Sight Words Important?

Sight words are very important for your child to master because “sight words account for up to 75% of the words used in beginning printed children’s materials”,  (Study to Identify High Frequency Word in Printed Materials, by DJ Kear & MA Gladheart).

There are different sight words for every grade level. Each set of words builds upon the other, meaning that once your child learns the Sight Words in Kindergarten, he will be expected to still recognize those words as he learns new words in first grade, and so forth.

Many of the over 200 Sight Words do not follow the basic principles, thus they cannot be “sounded out”. Beginning readers need an effective strategy for decoding unknown words, and knowing sight words is an effective method. 

Benefits of Knowing Sight Words

CONFIDENCE: Sight Words promote CONFIDENCE because the first 100 Sight Words represents over 50% of English text. A child who has mastered the list of Sight Words, can already recognize at least half of a sentence. Children who can already recognize the words are less likely to become discouraged and put the book down, rather he’ll have more confidence to read it all the way through. And, choose another!

COMPREHENSION: Sight Words help promote reading COMPREHENSION. As your child reads a book for the first time, instead of trying to decipher what ALL of the words mean, she can shift her attention to focusing on those words she is not familiar with. She will already know at least half the words, so focusing on the other half helps strengthen her understanding of the text.

CONTEXT: Sight Words provide clues to the CONTEXT of the text. Children who are familiar with sight words, may be able to decode the meaning of the paragraph or sentence by reading the sight words. If a picture accompanies the text, children may be able to determine what the story is about and add a few new words to their vocabulary. 

Sight Word List


Fun Multi-Sensory Sight Word Activities for Parents