Sight Words

  • Sight Words: Words that are immediately recognizable and do not need to be decoded. They make up about half of all written text and many of them are not phonetically regular, so they must be learned through repeated exposure and practice.


    1. Type sight words.  Have your child type words from his/her “No Excuse Word” or sight word list on the computer keyboard saying each letter name as he/she types it, and then saying the full word when the complete word is typed.  This will help your child to spell and read sight words, most of which are not phonetically regular and must be known by sight.Play sight word concentration. Write sight words on index cards. Make two sets.  Mix the sets of cards together and spread them out on a table or the floor word side down. Have your child turn the cards over two at a time to try to make matches of the words that are the same.  Have your child tell you the word pair he/she made. 
    2. Play sight word concentration. Write sight words on index cards. Make two sets.  Mix the sets of cards together and spread them out on a table or the floor word side down. Have your child turn the cards over two at a time to try to make matches of the words that are the same.  Have your child tell you the word pair he/she made. 
    3. Write it!  Have your child practice writing “No Excuse Words”, sight words, or spelling words with his/her finger in sand, shaving cream, or pudding, saying each letter as he/she writes it. Ask him/her to read the word when it is spelled completely. The tactile nature of this activity has been proven to help children remember the words.
    4. Sight Word Bingo Write one sight word or “No Excuse Word” on each box of a bingo sheet.  Call out the words.  Have your child mark each word called with a marker.  When an entire row, column, or diagonal is covered, he/she can call out BINGO. This develops quick recognition of sight words.