Second Grade Sight Words

Master second grade sight words! Download a free list of sight words used in The Good and the Beautiful Level 2 Language Arts and some fun sight word games for practice.

One goal of second grade is building confident readers. By this age children are confident in their letter sounds and most phonetic blends as they read. Mastering phonics and decoding are essential skills taught in The Good and the Beautiful Language Arts courses, but it is also helpful for second graders to learn a short list of high-frequency sight words.

The Good and the Beautiful Second Grade Sight Words List

Download a free Second Grade Sight Words poster, set of flashcards, and fun practice activities and games! 

The Good and the Beautiful team carefully selected 40 high-frequency sight words for second-grade learners. Many of these are high-frequency words that are rule breakers or use complex phonics rules that children learn in later grades. 

Use our free printable second grade sight words list to introduce words that are more difficult to spell phonetically.

Other Common Sight Words Lists

Dolch Sight Words List

The complete list of 220 Dolch Sight Words compiled in the 1930s and 1940s makes up about 80% of the words children third grade and younger read daily and about 50% of the words adults encounter.

Fry Sight Words List

The 1000 Fry Sight Words List was created in the 1950s and updated in 1980 by Dr. Edward Fry. The complete list contains 1,000 words that make up about 90% of words read in books, newspapers, and online, divided into groups of 100 based on how frequently they are used.

*Both the Dolch and Fry lists of sight words are commonly used and contain many words that can be spelled phonetically. The Good and the Beautiful does not recommend using these lists as sight words lists because many of the words should be decoded at this age rather than memorized.

Download the second grade sight words lists from Dolch and Fry here

Should Children Memorize Sight Words? 

Pros of Memorizing Sight WordsIf the most frequently used words in texts can’t be read because the child has not yet learned the more advanced phonics principles to decode the word, it can be helpful to memorize only those most frequently used words. Then the child doesn’t have to take time to stop and decode the words, and the child can read more quickly and pleasantly.
Cons of Memorizing Sight WordsChildren have only a certain amount of time to learn each day. Memorizing words can be just as hard and take just as long as learning to decode the words. Time spent memorizing many high-frequency words instead is applied to a good phonics program that teaches the child how to decode and read those words as well as many others.
The Good and the Beautiful Philosophy on Sight WordsThe Good and the Beautiful, one of the most widely used homeschool curriculum programs, focuses on phonics while having children memorize a short list of the highest-frequency words that can’t be easily decoded at this age level. 

This method has proven successful with hundreds of thousands of children using The Good and the Beautiful Language Arts Courses.

Download our free PDF of second grade sight words, filled with posters, flashcards, games, and other fun activity ideas! 


Visit our blogs Kindergarten Sight Words or First Grade Sight Words for more free printables!

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  • Heather Ferguson

    I love this and can’t wait to use for my 1st & 2nd grader!!

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    Love these! Thank you

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