Are you familiar with Dolch sight words? It’s a list of words, broken up by age/reading level, that children should know at a glance. These words are difficult or impossible to sound out or replace with pictures and knowing them will dramatically increase the pace of a child’s reading. When kids gain confidence in reading they’re more likely to continue to put the effort into learning more.

A quick note. Keep in mind that the groups are based on grade level, not age. In some places kindergarten doesn’t start until 5 or 6 and in others it’s 4. Don’t worry about these levels when you’re first starting, go from pre-premier and work your way up. It’s also very important for kids to learn at their own pace, do not push too hard.

  • There is a wonderful printable over a Happy and Blessed Home¬†with a huge selection of sight words that you can sort by level. You can also make your own to print in word or just write them onto cardstock.
  • I printed mine and then backed them on heavy scrapbook paper so they had some colour to them. It took me about an hour to cut out and back 500 or words. I have a 5 year old and a 7 year old who will be practising so I went ahead and assembled them all now.

This is the basic flashcard study method we use:

  • First of all, start with a small group (10-15) of the easiest words. If you child knows some words make sure to include them.
  • As your child gets the words correct flip them over, adding new words to replace them.
  • Revisit the learned words again spacing them out with each session so first you may review them the next time, then not for another 3 times, and so on, eventually taking them out of rotation when you’re confident they’ve mastered them.
  • Try not to have more than 20-30 cards at a time, 10-15 fresh ones and 10-15 revisits.