How to Teach Kindergarten Sight Words2022-04-06T17:20:18-04:00

Posted by: Alesia Netuk

Updated: April 6th, 2022

How to Teach Kindergarten Sight Words

How to Teach Kindergarten Sight Words

Learning sight words is an important building block of your child’s ability to read in kindergarten. So how to teach kindergarten sight words? How many words and in which order should you introduce in kindergarten? There are several proven strategies that you can use teaching sight words.

The Dolch sight word list includes 220 words from preschool to grade 3 and covers up to 75% of words you can find in children’s books. You can download the kindergarten sight word list below.

Order to teach sight words

We recommend the following order to introduce sight words. However, you can build your own order. Build the kindergarten sight words list based on the leveled books you choose for your child reading. Start with the first book and write down words in the order they appear in books. In this way, you can be sure, your child learned all the required words to read this book.

Order to teach kindergarten sight words organized by frequency

list 1
he, was, that, she, on, they, but, at, with, all

list 2
here, out, be, have, am, do, did, what, so, get, like

list 3
this, will, yes, went, are, now, no, came, ride, into

list 4
good, want, too, pretty, four, saw, well, ran, brown, eat, who

list 5
new, must, black, white, soon, our, ate, say, under, please

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How many words to introduce?

Be consistent teaching sight words. Use the same techniques for each word, so your child will not get confused with a new word and be familiar with all activities, games, and worksheets you are preparing for her. The introduction of sight words depends on your child’s developmental stage. Before you start to teach sight words, make sure your child knows and recognizes all letters of the alphabet, both uppercase and lowercase. Depending on your child’s readiness, teach 1-4 words every week.

Teaching sight words with flashcards

Visualization helps students to fix the information in their memories. Presenting students a print version (worksheets, wall words, or posters) of sight words helps make an important connection. Also, teachers or parents can ask kids to draw and print this word.

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