Early reading skills; sight words
Sight words are words that can be recognized and “read” when seen. They are not technically read or sounded out. They are memorized. Sight words are one of the building blocks needed to become a successful reader. At Halsey Schools we start introducing sight word early so that all our Busy Bees graduate recognizing as many as they can!
Sight words are learned through repetition
By the time your children are ready for Kindergarten they will have seen and heard these sight words thousands upon thousands of times at Halsey Schools. We teach children to recognize these sight words through reading, listening, flash cards, hands-on games and traditional worksheets. As with anything repetition is key. You can help reinforce the learning at home by pointing out these words during family reading time, by playing some of these games and by practicing with these worksheets and flashcards.
50 Preschool sight words
Months of the year sight words
Days of the week sight words
Sight Word Games and Flashcards
Sight Word Games
Make your own card deck with two of each sight word. Shuffle. Place the cards face down in rows. When it’s your turn, turn over two cards and try to get a matching pair. If you don’t have a match, turn the cards back over. The winner is the player with the most pairs.
- Scavenger Hunt
Make a list of sight words and a corresponding sticky note for each word on the list. Have your child find the sticky note somewhere in your house and match the word with the corresponding word on the master list.
Make Sight Word Flashcards
- Write the sight words on index cards
- Punch a hole in the top left corner of the index card
- Place the index cards on a ring
- Take it with you everywhere to practice
Create your own Sight Word Song
Sing the sight words to any tune you like, for example:
- Twinkle Twinkle little star
- Row Row Row your Boat