How to Teach Kindergarten Sight Words

Sight words are words that appear often in the text but cannot be easily sounded out. These words can help children be more confident readers. The sight words kindergarten list includes the most common words that every child should know. These words are also known as high-frequency words. These sight words will not be required for kindergarten but are great to introduce sight words to pre-K children.

What are sight words?

We are teaching children how to read. Children learn how to say and hear the sounds of the alphabet, and how to combine those sounds to create words. Although these sounds are usually consistent with basic phonetic principles or spelling rules, there are some words that do not. 

Many sight words are difficult to decode or sound out. They can also be hard to visualize with a picture. These sight words are difficult to decode or sound out, and children need to learn how to recognize them automatically. Children who can recognize sight words quickly and easily are more likely than others to be fluent readers. They don’t stop trying to decode every word. 

Children who can recognize sight words in less than three seconds are more likely to understand what they are reading. Because sight words make up over 50% to 70% of the English text, children who can recognize them instantly are more likely to be confident readers. To help children learn sight words, teachers usually use a primary vocabulary platform.

For emerging readers, there are many sight word lists. E.W. Dolch created one list, the Dolch WordList. Dolch was born in 1936. This list includes 220 words that are most frequently used and should be easily recognized at first glance. Although the list is broken down by grade from Pre-K to third grade, many educators feel that these words should already be understood by the first grade. 

The Dolch Word List includes 95 high-frequency nouns in addition to 220 sight words. Edward Fry, a Dr. Edward Fry, expanded the Dolch Word List in 1950 to include 1,000 words commonly used in English. The Fry Sight Word List, like the Dolch Word List, is composed of sight words as well as high-frequency words. It is also divided by grade level. 

Parents should remember that children will need to recognize sight words they have already learned.

Kindergarten Sight Words List

a can like
am do look
an for me
and go my
are at said
I the see
in to she
is up so
it we no
play has he
have here  

Sight Words VS High-Frequency Words

Both sight words and high-frequency words are important but they are not the exact same. Sight words cannot be decoded. Therefore, knowing spelling rules and phonics won’t help a child sound out a word. Students need to be familiar with high-frequency words,2nd grade, 3rd grade, 4th grade spelling words etc. Some high-frequency words can be decoded using spelling rules and phonics rules. Others cannot.

 It is therefore important that students learn to recognize words and high-frequency words visually so they are able to recognize them easily. No matter if the word is high-frequency or sight, they must both be taught explicitly and systemically to ensure that children are able to recognize them.

Sight Words Order

Sight words are taught in a variety of ways. Teachers and parents may teach words from Dolch or Fry in alphabetical order. Some people use lists to create their own order. Frequency Fry lists have words sorted by their frequency of use in reading and writing. 

Make your own lists to help students learn sight words. If you choose to read a book, you can teach sight words from that book. This allows children to practice reading the word alone and helps them to understand how it is used in the language.

How can we teach children sight words?

There are many ways to help your child. Each child responds differently to different approaches. Teaching readers the phonics portion of reading is a good strategy. Your students will be more successful if they are able to recognize common patterns in sight words such as open and closed syllables.

It is important to practice, practice, practice, practice. Your Kinders will be more fluent in reading these words the more they see them.

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Importance of  Sight Words

Sight words are important for young readers. Phonic instruction is also important. Sight words are high-frequency words. They are more likely to be found in the text. Some words in this list follow phonics patterns while others don’t.

Our students should be able to recognize these words without needing to sound them out. These words will help our students read fluently. It also helps them to be more successful in reading. They will also be reading a lot in kindergarten.

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