3 Tips to Teach Your Kids Sight Words

by Oye Akintan on December 02, 2021

Sight words are common words that encourage children to memorize by sight to recognize them the next time they see them without having to sound the words out. Sight words are beneficial for words with unusual phonetic sounds or ones that cannot be sounded out.

It's never too early to begin reading with your child. It will help them develop their language talents and reading skills, and reading multiple times a day will expose them to over one million words by kindergarten. This is the most natural way to introduce youngsters to a variety of sight words.

Children who are just beginning to learn these sight words may struggle. Sight words, on the other hand, are critical to a child's reading success. Sight words help children understand sentences and read fluently.

Here are three suggestions to help your children learn to read sight words.

Tip 1: Activate All of Their Senses

Make sure that your child uses and becomes acquainted with all of their senses. Multi-sensory activities can help you engage a child's senses. Allow them to rearrange letters to spell a sight word correctly or to fill in missing letters in a sight word. When children can practice a sight word in multi-sensory activities, they are more likely to remember it.

Magnetic letters or writing on whiteboards can be a suitable means of spelling practice with sight words. This method is enjoyable and exciting for children, and it keeps them from becoming bored.

Tip 2: Make Sure They Participate in Read-Alouds

The majority of sentences contain sight words. Participate in read-aloud activities with your child by having them join you in speaking the refrains and pointing out the words. Ensure that you can emphasize words such as “is, it, in, I, and, the,” and “at.”

You can use books with large enough text speech bubbles for you to point out to your children. Because they are concise and easy for children to read, these books are ideal for practice.

Tip 3: Sort the Sight Words into Groups

Showing children how to categorize sight words into groups like "rule followers" and "rule-breakers." However, this should only be used with more advanced readers who have mastered early decoding abilities and can sound out words.

The word “said,” on the other hand, is hard to read. As a result, students must memorize the entire term. Discuss whether a sight word can be sounded out or a rule-breaking term when introducing it. At home, play a sorting game with your child in which they must predict which sight words can and cannot be heard out loud.


It’s best to be patient with your children's growth. It's not uncommon to repeat the same set of words numerous times during sight word instruction, especially in the first few weeks. The child is learning how to learn words and building pattern recognition methods that will assist them in moving forward more quickly. 

Allow your child some time to feel comfortable with their current vocabulary, and avoid bombarding them with new words if he hasn't yet mastered the old ones. More importantly, consider investing in the best sight word apps available. 

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