Teaching sight words to preschoolers

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Help your child build a foundation for reading with these words and strategies

As a child learns to read, they must also learn sight words, which are high-frequency words that often appear in text, but can't necessarily be found by sounding them out phonetically. As a child goes through school, he is expected to learn more words, building (or prancing ) on the words he already knows.

Common Sight Words for Preschoolers

Once your child starts school, the teacher will be given the correct level and level sight words for your child to learn.

For preschoolers, the following sight words are most common:

  • I
  • To go
  • see
  • like
  • my
  • is
  • on
  • to
  • from
  • a
  • u
  • it
  • said
  • not
  • down
  • can
  • big
  • little
  • we
  • ben
  • to have
  • on
  • in front of
  • on
  • up
  • look
  • that
  • he
  • in
  • Which

In addition, when teaching words for your child, you should include words that the child often sees, such as his name; the names of siblings, pets, or friends; Street name; common logos or characters; etc. Any words that the child is exposed to on a regular basis can be included in your sight word assessment.

Strategies for Teaching Preschool Sight Words

Sight words are learned by remembering basic memory. The trick is to make learning fun for your preschooler by using purposeful assessment of the words in cases where your preschooler understands that she is learning new words and examples where she isn't (for example, through play).

Try some of these strategies for learning sight words:

  • While you're reading to your child or just going about your day, always point out when you come across one. If you're reading a book, underline it with your preschooler and have your preschooler do the same. Have her trace the letters.
  • Write a book together using sight words in repetition. For example, you can tell the story of a visit to the zoo by using the basic phrase, "We're going to the ______ (enter an animal name)". The constant use and exposure to the words we, go, see and the will help your little one learn them.
  • Play a memory game. Write each sight word on two index cards. (So ​​the game doesn't get cumbersome, just work with seven or eight words at a time.) Place the cards face down so that the words are hidden. Have your preschooler try to match the words. Initially, attunement will mainly be through letter identification, but as she becomes more fluid, she can recognize sight words on her own.
  • Make flash cards. Using index cards, write each sight word on one side. Practice going through the cards with your preschooler to ask her and see what she remembers.
  • If you're having some good, clean, (smart) fun, try this activity with shaving cream and a baking sheet. Spray shaving cream (cream, not gel) on the baking pan. Help your preschooler write facial words in the shaving cream using her fingers. What's great about this activity is that if she makes a mistake, it's easy to fix and the pen handling really doesn't matter. Letting your preschooler "feel" how the words are formed will make it easier for them to recognize the letters.

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