Learning to recognize sight words (also known as high-frequency words) is one of several components of teaching a child to read (learn about the rest of them here). When a child automatically recognizes a sight word, he/she can read more fluently without having to sound out that particular word. Sight words, however, should not be the main focus of reading instruction. A balanced approach towards literacy includes several other components, including phonemic awareness and phonics, with comprehension as the ultimate goal.
Big Brother is 5 and is continuing to learn sight words, which has definitely helped his reading fluency. I am not a fan of using flashcards, so I try to think of ways to make rote memorization more fun and interactive whenever possible. Everything is more fun with dice, right?!?! :)
Here’s what you’ll need: Each of the following documents printed out, a writing utensil, and a die.
:: top 100 sight words (4 lists)
Print out the two documents above and have your die ready!
There are 4 printable pages that include the top 100 sight words (25 per page). Use only 1 page at a time, so as not to overwhelm your child.
Invite your child to roll the die and then find a word with the corresponding number of letters on the “Top 100 Sight Words” page. Then ask your child to write that word in the appropriate column on the “Roll a Sight Word” page.
Have your child cross off the words he/she has used.
(Little Brother supervising to make sure everything was A-OKAY)
This game was a wild success with Big Brother. He recognized many of the words and learned several new ones…all while having fun!
Want to know more about teaching your child to read? Grab a copy of my eBook I Can Teach My Child to Read! for more suggestions.