Teach sight words to children beginning to read
Having a known word bank of commonly used words makes reading easier
One way to assist children to read quickly and fluently is to teach
commonly used words, words that your child can recognise immediately by sight.
The sight words in
this booklet are some of the most frequently used words in the English language. These sight words make up
approximately 75% of the words your child will encounter in primary school.
Teaching sight words to your child before they start school will help them to read
more effectively and fluently. If there are many words the child needs to 'sound out' when they read, the task
becomes so painstakingly slow the child may have difficulty comprehending what they are reading.
Having a known 'word bank' of sight words the child knows well
increases reading fluency, aids understanding and promotes reading success.
When selecting which sight words to introduce include a combination
of the most commonly used words and words that are of interest to the child. For example if your child really likes
bulldozers or tractors, introduce these words first.
When learning sight words, it is the
shape of the word or distinctive features in the words that the child remembers and is able to recognise when they see
it. It does not matter if the word is longer, sometimes these words are easier sight words for children to
remember as they look different to the other words.
How to use sight word cards
There are three separate activities to do with the sight words when
you introduce them to your child:
1. Matching, placing same with same – placing the word ‘about’ with ‘about’.
2. Selecting, choosing words – identifying ‘about’ from other words when you say “find
3. Labelling, naming sound – saying the sound ‘about’ when you point to ‘about’.
Matching, selecting and labelling are three separate skills to learn. Matching is a
visual skill; the ability to recognise two identical words. Selecting and labelling require language
To select accurately your child needs to be able to hear the word exactly,
remember it, and also know what word makes that sound. This is a more difficult skill than
To label accurately your child must be able to hear the word, remember it and also be
able to say the word. Again, this skill is more difficult than matching.
Sight word games
It is very important to have fun when learning sight words. Introducing the words
in games and fun activities is the best way for children to learn them.
Buy Sight Word Cards
This book includes a series of
printable flashcards that can be used to teach sight words to children. It is a companion book for my book of
over 300 sight word phrases.
My book Teach children to read, a fun
and easy 10 step program for parents outlines step by step how to
incorporate teaching sight words into an integrated learning to read program.
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most commonly used words and help your child read fluently IMMEDIATELY.
The PDF book can be viewed on your computer, iPad, Kindle or iphone.
That's all there is to it. Once you've downloaded your sight words,
you can begin to play all sorts of fun site word games with your child.
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