Children in their first years at school, who learn the sight word list below, will have an excellent start to reading and writing.
Initially this process takes time, often months. That's why teachers introduce lists like this to children, gradually, when they first start school. But it doesn't hurt them to recognise a few words before then, if they are ready to learn them.
The list of sight words below is broken into groups. Each group consists of 10 words.
There are several lists available for teachers to use. But they are virtually identical as they are composed of words children most frequently use.
The list below covers 80 of the first sight words your child will need to know.
The trick is to ensure your child recognises the words in one group before starting another. But as I mentioned before, this doesn't happen immediately. So don't feel you need to put pressure on your child or you'll switch off their desire to learn. If you're helping them at home, keep it light.
At the end of this article I will explain how you can gently introduce some of these words to your child so they learn them without pressure.
Don't be concerned if your child finds the list below too difficult at this stage. They may only manage the first group of words. Or they may not be ready for them at all. If that's the case, wait for their teacher to guide you.
Your child needs to learn these word by sight rather than decode them. That means they may need to see them many, many times in order to memorise them.
You may be asking yourself about now
If you want to know more, click on my article What Are Sight Words? There you'll get answers you need. At the same time you'll see how it's affected an adult student of mine who hasn't ever known them!
Here's a great way to introduce sight words.
Play this game often and you'll find your child will become increasingly comfortable with these words. Gradually they will memorise them. They will then build up an invaluable bank of everyday words for reading and writing.