Sight words, often also called high frequency sight words, are commonly used words that young children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so that they can automatically recognize these words in print without having to use any strategies to decode.
Sight words account for a large percentage (up to 75%) of the words used in beginning children's print materials. The advantage for children being able to recognize sight words automatically is that a beginning reader will be able to identify the majority of words in a beginning text before they even attempt to read it; therefore, allowing the child to concentrate on meaning and comprehension as they read without having to stop and decode every single word.We use the Dolch Sight Word list. Click here for a master list of the Dolch Words.WebsitesHere are some websites with resources for Dolch words:iPad AppsHere are some iPad apps that focus on Dolch words:
Weekly Sight Words and Themes