Sight words (and high-frequency words) are words that occur the most frequently in print. Often times, these words cannot be sounded out, and so they must be known by "sight." For example, the word, "the," is a very frequently used word in nearly every sentence written in books and print. But the letters t-h-e cannot be sounded out using the /t/, /h/, or /e/ sound.
Parents, please help your child practice reading, finding, spelling, and writing sight words whenever possible. Practice can be as simple as noticing a sight word on store signs, menus, direction sheets, cereal boxes, grocery items, children's books, magazines, toy boxes, etc. Even a spontaneous game during car rides is great!
Ideas on how to practice sight words may be:
- spelling out orally
- touching letters and saying letters outloud
- hunting for as many sight words in a book as possible
- spelling the letters in sand, soap, or paint
- using cooked spaghetti noodles or play doh to spell sight words
- writing words on a whiteboard, mirror, or window using dry-erase markers
- playing sight word app games
- making small index cards with the sight words and hanging them around the house to practice whenever you walk past them
- ... there are countless ideas online on how to practice sight words!
Students should be able to identify and read the following sight words with automaticity. Sight words that we have learned so far in class include: