GRADES 1 & 2:
Avoid Flashcards for Sight Words!

Did you know that up to 75% of what young children read consists of sight words? There are many names for sight words - high frequency words, Dolch Words, Fry words, etc. No matter the name, they are words that children should be able to instantly recognize without any need to decode. So what's the best way to teach them? Click here to watch a quick video where I explain key takeaways.

There are a ton of ways to do this, but it is essential to connect sight words to actual books. So if you are reinforcing the sight word you, read the book Brown Bear, Brown Bear and have your child point out every time they see that word. It is also essential that children get practice writing sight words. You could do the following:

  • Write sight words in kinetic sand, shaving cream, or sidewalk chalk

  • Build sight words from WikiSticks, pipe cleaners, or PlayDoh

  • Form sight words from letter magnets or foam letters

  • Use letters to stamp sight words

  • Use the highly popular Bob Books which are decodable and feature sight words

  • Play Memory or Concentration - watch me try it here with a 2nd grader!

Some of the ideas above are presented in further detail on this website.

I love the ideas presented in these articles:

Or get some ideas  from me here as I work on sight word instruction.