Sight words are the most frequently used in the English and often unable to be sounded out. These words are words students need to learn and memorize in order to become great readers. They are words that should be read in 2 seconds.
Kindergarteners should know 75 by the end of the year. They should know 15 after the first 9 weeks, then 30, 50 and 75 each of the following 9 weeks. Students should know 220 by the end of 1st grade.
Below is the list of sight words and some resources for sight word games. These words should be practiced daily. Your child should practice reading the word, finding the word in books, spelling the word, writing the word. There are also resources on the Learning Resources page for sight word games on the computer.
- Predict - use clues from the story to make a smart guess of what will happen next in the story
- Retell - Good Readers tell the major events in the story to help someone understand what happened in the story.
Concepts of Print
Here is a list of concepts kindergarteners need to know in order to make them better readers. These are some of the stepping stones before reading.
Word Attack Strategies
As we begin learning to read, kindergarteners will learn what to do when they come to a word they don't know. Often times, they will look up at whoever they are reading with, expecting to be told the word. We as parents and teachers need to let our children struggle with a few words and begin to use word attack skills.
We will be learning Word Attack Strategies in class. As your child reads with you and comes to a word they don't know, you may need to ask them which strategy they are going to use. The first ones we will use are Eagle Eyes - looking at the picture to help with a word you don't know and Lips the Fish - getting your mouth ready to read by saying the beginning sound.