While learning phonics is an important skill for beginning readers, sight words is another.
Why learn words by sight? Simply put, there are some words (also called high frequency words) that appear so frequently in reading that we want our readers to know them automatically, by sight. Just the first 100 words of Fry’s word list make up nearly 50% of what we read. Wow! Knowing these words automatically helps to increase fluency, which can also build comprehension and understanding.
Sight Word Lists The two most commonly used word lists for sight words are the Dolch word lists and Fry’s word lists. This Reading Mama has combined the two lists. They can be printed off for free on her blog (see link below).
Sight Word Games App You can find lots of sight word apps, Sight Word Games stands out because you can choose the sight words your learner works on! The games included reinforce reading and spelling of sight words. The games are fun and engaging for learners K-3rd grades.
More Resources You May Enjoy:
Sight Words: When They Just Don’t “Stick”- http://thisreadingmama.com/sight-words-when-they-just-dont-stick/
Phonics or Sight Words: Learning to Read- http://thisreadingmama.com/phonics-or-sight-words/
Printable Sight Word Lists- http://thisreadingmama.com/sight-words-list-dolch-fry/
Sight Word Chants- http://thisreadingmama.com/24-animal-sight-word-chants/
Spelling Games and Activities ebook- http://thisreadingmama.com/you-can-make-spelling-fun/