Do you want to help your child learn to read? The most commonly used words in English follow few spelling or pronunciation rules and cause children great difficulty when they are beginning to read. If you help your child master these words and know them “by sight,” then s/he will be able to focus on the more important content words. Reading will be more interesting and more enjoyable as a result!
I have created a list of the top 30 sight words that your child will come across in Kindergarten. Below is the word list. I suggest practicing these words with your child at home. Your child should be able to recognize the word within 3 seconds. They are supposed to have the word memorized.
Have fun with this - look for words in books, on posters, on signs, at the grocery store, etc.! Copy the words on slips of paper and have your child play a version of the game Memory, picking up the words when s/he has found a match. Spell out the words using Alphabets cereal. Practice at the breakfast table or before bedtime, but always keep the practice quick and fun. Let me know if you invent another great way to practice!
Beginning in February each student will be tested on the list approximately once a week; in order to make sure they are progressing. My goal is to make sure all 30 words are known by the end of the year. Every child will move at his/her own pace, so don’t be concerned if your child is on a higher or lower level than other students. Your child may also progress more slowly or quickly at different times during the year.