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Kindergarten Sight Words

Kindergarten sight words are words that a child learns to recognize in their whole form, rather than sounding them out. These words usually appear frequently in texts or are difficult to decode. Some reading programs focus on sight words more than others.

This post shares common kindergarten sight word lists (as well as flashcards and posters) and weighs the pros and cons of focusing on sight word memorization versus teaching phonics.

The Good and the Beautiful Kindergarten Sight Words List

The Good and the Beautiful Kindergarten sight words list is a select number of targeted words for early readers that we find the most helpful to children in kindergarten level.

Download a free The Good and the Beautiful Kindergarten Sight Words poster and flashcards, plus activities!

Other Helpful Sight Word Lists

Dolch Sight Words List

Dolch sight words—perhaps the most common lists—are a set of 220 sight words first developed in the 1930s and often grouped by grade level.

Download a free Dolch Kindergarten Sight Words poster!

Fry Sight Words List

First created by Dr. Edward Fry in the 1950s, this list includes the most frequently used words.

Download a free Fry Kindergarten Sight Words poster!

Should Children Memorize Sight Words? 

Pros of Memorizing Sight WordsIf the most frequently used words in texts are memorized and the child doesn’t have to take time to stop and decode the words, the child can read more quickly and pleasantly.
Cons of Memorizing Sight WordsMost of the Dolch and Fry kindergarten sight words can be easily decoded. 

Children have only a certain amount of time to learn each day. Time spent memorizing high-frequency words can instead be applied to a good phonics program that teaches the child how to decode and read those words as well as many others. 

Memorizing words can be just as hard and take just as long as learning to decode the words.
The Good and the Beautiful Philosophy on Kindergarten Sight WordsThe Good and the Beautiful, one of the most widely used homeschool curriculum programs, focuses on phonics, while having kindergarteners memorize a short list of the highest-frequency words and words that can’t be decoded easily. This method has proven successful with tens of thousands of children using The Good and The Beautiful Language Arts Courses.

A little bit of practice each day goes a long way—consistency is the key. Practice kindergarten sight words daily if possible, but don’t introduce too many at once. Younger children do best with four to eight sight words at a time.

Teaching sight words can be easy and fun with the simple practice ideas found in our free activity download.

Find these games and more in this free sight words activity packet. Click the button below to download.

Other Sight Word Practice Ideas

Car Sight Word Knock-Down

handsonaswegrow.com/car-sight-word-knock-down/

Garden Sight Word Activity

123homeschool4me.com/free-sight-word-garden/

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  • Bob Ashworth

    If you’re employing sight words in k-2 or 3 your children will never be able to read words that they do not yet know.
    This is a flawed and dangerous idea. Children must be taught to sound out words first, then sight words can be introduced. Sight words first with no practice of sounding out, is the reason so many middle school kids can’t read or write.

    • Customer Support

      Thank you for reaching out, Bob. The Good and the Beautiful focuses on phonics, while having kindergarteners memorize a short list of the highest-frequency words and words that can’t be decoded easily. If the most frequently used words in texts are memorized and the child doesn’t have to take time to stop and decode the words, the child can read more quickly and pleasantly. Sight words are never meant to take the place of or be more important than phonics in our courses. This method has proven successful with tens of thousands of children using The Good and The Beautiful Language Arts Courses. Extensive samples can be found on our website to see how our younger-level courses incorporate this method. We hope that helps clarify the information found in this blog post. Please let us know if you have any questions!

  • Kissoni

    Awesome

  • Jessica

    Thank you!

  • Is there supposed to be a directions sheet for the games? The Level 1 sight words download has directions, and I’m not quite sure what we are supposed to do with the two games in the Level K download 🙂

  • Larisa

    I downloaded this last year (2021) but now we will be using the newly revised Kindergarten LA course (2022) … does the list of Level K Sight Words remain the same? Thank you!

    • Customer Support

      Thank you for your interest, Larisa! The list of sight words has changed from the prior edition. While some words have remained the same, others have been replaced. We hope you enjoy the free activity packet!