What are sight words and when should you start teaching sight words to your kids?
Sight words are commonly used words in the English language that cannot be sounded out with standard phonics rules or words that are used so often that they should have instant recognition without having to sound out each letter.
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There are many debates about whether the whole word approach or
phonics is better for teaching reading to kids. The best strategy is to
use a combination of both approaches.
Nothing illustrates just how complicated the English language is more than teaching reading. As a tutor, I am constantly struck by just how complex our language is; there are always exceptions to every rule. Just when a child seems to grasp something – wham you throw in a curve ball.
More than half of the most common words in the English language can be considered sight words (depending on what list you’re looking at). One of the most popular sight word lists is the Dolch Sight Words List. Developed by Edward William Dolch in 1948, the list includes 220 words often categorized by age group; this is probably the most widely used list.
Repetition is very important when teaching sight words; the goal is to make identifying these common words automatic. Some successful teaching methods can include:
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