Fun with Sight Words

Recognizing sight words automatically is an advantage for beginning readers. Many of these words have unusual spelling patterns or cannot be sounded out using basic phonemic knowledge. Each month we introduce pre-kindergarteners to sight words from the Dolch Pre-Primer and the Dolch Primer lists. The words in these lists were chosen as the most frequently used words in children’s literature. Reading becomes much easier and faster when a child has mastered these common words.
Encourage your child to look for this month’s focus sight words in the story’s text. This will allow your child to build confidence in pre-reading.
The sight words for this month are: have, yes, you, say, away, yellow.

Age-appropriate Adaptations:

  • Two-year-olds—Use your finger to point to each word on the page as you read aloud to your child. This will help focus your child on the connection between your spoken words and the printed text.
  • Three-year-olds—As you read, pause on a simple sight word. See if your child can identify the individual letters in the word. After you name each letter, repeat them in order and read the word (i.e., “Y-E-S says Yes!”). Focus on one new sight word at a time, pointing out each time you see that word in print to reinforce how it looks and sounds.
  • Four-/Five-year-olds—Write the sight words on index cards, making 2 identical sets. Then play a matching game to see if your child can find each matching pair of words. As he makes a set, ask him to read the sight word on the cards.

Skills Supported: letter and sight word recognition, phonemic awareness