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Should We Practice Sight Words With Preschoolers?

Should We Practice Sight Words With Preschoolers?

Preschool: a place for show & tell, songs, coloring books, and learning how to read. If you’re the parent or educator of beginning readers, you might be wondering: should we teach reading, and more specifically, “sight words” in preschool? And if you’re entirely new to preschool education, it’s just as acceptable to ask: what are sight words?

 

Today, we’ll use experts’ advice to answer these questions, offer strategies for practicing sight words, and outline the best sight words for preschool and kindergarten classrooms.

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What Are Sight Words?

Sight words can be recognized instantly: they’re simple words that a reader can “see” and pronounce without sounding out or guessing. An early reader’s set of sight words will vary slightly, as every preschooler or kindergartner is exposed to different books and varied sets of sight words. That said, most sight words are high frequency words that appear regularly in many children’s books. Think “the,” “a,”, “I,” “to,” and other words that aren’t easily sounded out but appear regularly in decodable books.

 

When to Teach Sight Words

Before practicing sight words with preschoolers, they should be showing signs of reading readiness:

  • Holding books and turning their pages correctly, from left to right
  • Ability to listen to a story, answer questions about it, and retell a familiar narrative in their own words
  • Alphabet knowledge: ability to recognize and sound out most letters
  • Phonemic awareness!

 

The final point is especially important. Learning to read is not simply a matter of practicing sight words. Before presenting a list of words to your preschooler or kindergartner, they should have a solid foundation in phonemic awareness: the ability to sound out the individual sounds in words. A preschooler who can blend simple sounds - /c/ /a/ /t/ to produce the word “cat,” for example - may be more prepared to memorize a list of preschool reading words than a kindergartner who is not as advanced in their phonemic awareness. In the realm of sight words, patience is key: your kindergartner may be more advanced than your struggling first grader, and this is simply part of the reading journey - not a determinant of either child’s long-term reading success.

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What Are the Best Sight Words?

With time and exposure to more books, young readers will develop their phonemic awareness. They’ll be able to count syllables in words, rhyme, and identify the first and last sounds in a word. At this point, you can craft or modify a list of the best sight words. These lists vary among reading experts and can also be modified to include high-frequency words in any decodables you plan to read with your child. That said, some of the best kindergarten sight words include:

  • Can
  • Am
  • Are
  • At
  • Do
  • For
  • Go
  • Has
  • Have
  • He

 

…Just to list a few! Note that these lists can be modified and expanded based on the needs and skills of the child. For pre-K or “pre-readers,” Readsters recommends these preschool reading words:

  • The
  • A
  • I
  • To
  • And
  • Was
  • For
  • You
  • Is
  • of

 

Like any skill, a mix of repetition and learning new concepts is essential. If your child is reading-ready, practicing sight words on a daily basis will enhance their reading fluency, phonemic awareness, and overall confidence.

Should We Practice Sight Words With Preschoolers

Take-Aways

  • Sight words can be used to increase reading fluency in a child who is ready to read.
  • Signs of reading readiness include understanding how to hold and read a book from left to right, alphabet knowledge, ability to listen to and retell stories, and phonemic awareness.
  • Phonemic awareness is an especially important foundation to establish before practicing sight words with preschool- and kindergarten-aged students.
  • The best sight words for early readers will vary depending on their skills and access to decodable readers, but many experts offer lists of the best high-frequency words for pre-readers.

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Exciting ways to learn sight words for Elementary Students!

Exciting ways to learn sight words for Elementary Students!

Are you wondering how to learn sight words in a fun and interesting way? Some creative and low-preparation activities assist a child in learning sight words promptly.

 

What are sight words?

Sight words are also called high-frequency words. They encourage young learners to memorize by viewing them.  This helps in recognizing them in prints without using any strategies to decode the new words. Some of the examples of sight words are; has, have, was, and, the, are, and the list goes on.

 

Over 75% of the children's textbooks are comprised of sight words.

 

Fun ways to learn sight words:

To aid you in teaching sight words in fun ways, we have compiled a list of activities. We have generated plenty of ideas and thoughts. It helps in releasing energy with activities and games in tons of outdoor and hands-on activities.

Learn sight wordsPutting flashcards on a day-to-day basis helps little learners to develop these skills more quickly. Besides, we would suggest you make it engaging with fun and exciting activities for young readers. Hand-on sight words accompanied by activities and games can draw the attention of preschoolers. It also helps them to learn at a faster pace.

 

Moreover, incorporate the sight words in daily life. Make it part of your play that develops the interest of the children in learning. It will result in mastering the list a little faster.

 

Initiate with sight words as early as possible:

It is essential to learn sight words in the early years of homeschooling and schooling. Knowing the sight words means a strong grip and command over the recognition of words. It makes reading and memorizing much easier.  It assists young learners to become affluent readers and improve their comprehension.

 

Sight words may require a lot of effort, time, and energy. By taking an early initiative will ease out the burden. According to research, a child who starts learning sight words at an early age may learn effortlessly and grasp more words due to exposure to extensive reading.

 

You can begin with two letter sight words like no, on, in, is, it, too, an, am, or, of, and others. This makes it easier for beginners to recognize, learn and develop the skills. Once you have mastered two-letter words, you can move on to three or more letter words to add up to the vocabulary.

 

It is never too early, to begin with, sight words. It is beneficial to start at a tender age so that it helps in language booster and aids them with reading skills. This is one of the most natural ways to introduce your children to an array of sight words. Simple flashcards for your child also bring a lot of improvement.

 

Continuous practice makes a lot of difference:

Repeat exposure to the sight words will do the trick for you. When you repeatedly bring into the notice the sight words, it makes a lot of difference.  Sight words like I, as, at, she, he, do, and, up, so, by, go, and some of the words which keep on repeating time and again. Emphasizing them religiously encourages your child to chime in.

 

Sight words make up the major portion of the text. Moreover, reading out the text loudly can make a lot of a difference.

 

Pool in all the senses of a child:

Using all the senses in the activities makes learning more interesting and fun-filled. Children grab new words more quickly. By using multi-senses for it will help in retaining the sight words for a longer time.

 

Therefore, the use of pipe cleaner to magnetic letters to construct sight words is quite beneficial.

 

Activity-based learning:

Let them explore sight words in newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, and brochures. It will develop their skill in searching for more and more sight words along with the basic understanding of the sight words.

 

Develop a habit in the child for reading the signboards on the streets, roads, and at utility stores. It assists in building a robust foundation for the child.

 

Illustrations on the board, spelling drillings, or typing on the keyboard can cement their learning of the words.

 

Play along with the sight words:

A game makes the learning of sight words more entertaining for a child. The play times like jumping games along with the sight words will result in wonders. Try hopscotch to make them learn while playing.

 

Final words:

Making your preschooler’s journey into reading is a fun yet challenging adventure to begin with. Hence, it is vital to make tiny steps towards introducing new words to them. Most importantly, it is vital to stay positive with learners.  Try to mix and match the activities to engage and excite them with the learning process.

 

Parents and teachers are the biggest cheerleaders of a child. Therefore, appreciate them for the little efforts they are making to learn. It makes them feel excited and motivated to learn more and more. Readingteacher.com would love you help you with creative ideas and innovative suggestions.

Start Teaching Reading for Free Now!

Access Level 1’s four interactive stories and the accompanying supplemental resources to teach elementary students how to read. No credit card is needed. Join the 42,635 teachers and students using our reading program.

Exciting ways to learn sight words for Elementary Students!

Exciting ways to learn sight words for Elementary Students!

Are you wondering how to learn sight words in a fun and interesting way? Some creative and low-preparation activities assist a child in learning sight words promptly.

What are sight words?

Sight words are also called high-frequency words. They encourage young learners to memorize by viewing them. This helps in recognizing them in prints without using any strategies to decode the new words. Some of the examples of sight words are; has, have, was, and, the, are, and the list goes on.

 

Over 75% of the children's textbooks are comprised of sight words.

 

Fun ways to learn sight words:

To aid you in teaching sight words in fun ways, we have compiled a list of activities. We have generated plenty of ideas and thoughts. It helps in releasing energy with activities and games in tons of outdoor and hands-on activities.

 

Putting flashcards on a day-to-day basis helps little learners to develop these skills more quickly. Besides, we would suggest you make it engaging with fun and exciting activities for young readers. Hand-on sight words accompanied by activities and games can draw the attention of preschoolers. It also helps them to learn at a faster pace.

 

Moreover, incorporate the sight words in daily life. Make it part of your play that develops the interest of the children in learning. It will result in mastering the list a little faster.

 

Initiate with sight words as early as possible:

It is essential to learn sight words in the early years of homeschooling and schooling. Knowing the sight words means a strong grip and command over the recognition of words. It makes reading and memorizing much easier.  It assists young learners to become affluent readers and improve their comprehension.

 

Sight words may require a lot of effort, time, and energy. By taking an early initiative will ease out the burden. According to research, a child who starts learning sight words at an early age may learn effortlessly and grasp more words due to exposure to extensive reading.

 

You can begin with two letter sight words like no, on, in, is, it, too, an, am, or, of, and others. This makes it easier for beginners to recognize, learn and develop the skills. Once you have mastered two-letter words, you can move on to three or more letter words to add up to the vocabulary.

 

It is never too early, to begin with, sight words. It is beneficial to start at a tender age so that it helps in language booster and aids them with reading skills. This is one of the most natural ways to introduce your children to an array of sight words. Simple flashcards for your child also bring a lot of improvement.

 

Continuous practice makes a lot of difference:

Repeat exposure to the sight words will do the trick for you. When you repeatedly bring into the notice the sight words, it makes a lot of difference.  Sight words like I, as, at, she, he, do, and, up, so, by, go, and some of the words which keep on repeating time and again. Emphasizing them religiously encourages your child to chime in.

 

Sight words make up the major portion of the text. Moreover, reading out the text loudly can make a lot of a difference.

 

Pool in all the senses of a child:

Using all the senses in the activities makes learning more interesting and fun-filled. Children grab new words more quickly. By using multi-senses for it will help in retaining the sight words for a longer time.

 

Therefore, the use of pipe cleaner to magnetic letters to construct sight words is quite beneficial.

 

Activity-based learning:

Let them explore sight words in newspapers, magazines, pamphlets, and brochures. It will develop their skill in searching for more and more sight words along with the basic understanding of the sight words.

 

Develop a habit in the child for reading the signboards on the streets, roads, and at utility stores. It assists in building a robust foundation for the child.

 

Illustrations on the board, spelling drillings, or typing on the keyboard can cement their learning of the words.

 

Play along with the sight words:

A game makes the learning of sight words more entertaining for a child. The play times like jumping games along with the sight words will result in wonders. Try hopscotch to make them learn while playing.

 

Final words:

Making your preschooler’s journey into reading is a fun yet challenging adventure to begin with. Hence, it is vital to make tiny steps towards introducing new words to them. Most importantly, it is vital to stay positive with learners.  Try to mix and match the activities to engage and excite them with the learning process.

 

Parents and teachers are the biggest cheerleaders of a child. Therefore, appreciate them for the little efforts they are making to learn. It makes them feel excited and motivated to learn more and more. Readingteacher.com would love you help you with creative ideas and innovative suggestions.

Below is a link to a few of our favorite sight words worksheets!

Start Teaching Reading for Free Now!

Access Level 1’s four interactive stories and the accompanying supplemental resources to teach elementary students how to read. No credit card is needed. Join the 42,635 teachers and students using our reading program.

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