It is vital to be able to instantly recognise and write first grade sight words in the first year of school. That is the year when children, aged 5 or 6, are expected to start reading sentences and write simple statements.
As a parent, it’s prudent to be alert and aware of what is being taught in this grade. If you understand what your child is learning and why, they’ll get off to a great start.
Below is a list of the 41 words your child will be expected to learn during these important 12 months.
List of First Grade Sight Words
When a teacher sends home a list of these first grade sight words,
Children don’t automatically swim when they get in water. They need to be taught. And it’s the same with reading. It doesn’t come naturally because the brain isn’t designed that way.
While some words can be sounded out, the words above have to be learned. First they need to be recognised then they can (with lots of practise) be written.
As a literacy teacher, I strongly urge you to start early and
be consistent in helping your child acquire these words. Then they'll be capable of recognising and writing many of the basic words they use in conversation.
The words should be learned a few at a time. Your child’s teacher will send them home in small manageable lists.
The more children are exposed to these words the more likely they are to commit them to memory. The trick is to make it fun.
Here are some tips for teaching sight words
These lists of words will become an essential part of your child’s reading and writing tool kit. Ensure they know them and you'll be delighted at how much it improves their ability to read and express themselves on paper.
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