How to teach sight words
- High frequency words are the most common words seen in print. Beginning to learn high frequency words is a challenge, but once children master around 10-15 of them, they become much easier to learn. Click here for a complete list of high frequency words.
- Other words that are important to children include their name, names of friends and family, environmental print words (logo’s, signs), and things of great interest to the child (princess or dinosaur).
The reason for learning words by sight
Learning to read is a lot of work. If children have to sound out every word, it becomes so laborious and slow that children might want to give up, or if not, they will have a difficult time comprehending what they are reading . Many words that are used frequently are non decodable (impossible to sound out), so they must be learned by sight.
Learning high frequency words by sight, helps children build confidence and fluency in their reading, and thus reading becomes easier and makes more sense.
How to teach words by sight
There are many fun ways to teach children words by sight. Click on the links below for some great ideas.