100 Sight Words, Post

One Hundred Sight Words

 Often called high frequency words

The First 100 Sight Words for Prep and Grade 1 is the quick route to reading. It does not change the importance of phonics in early literacy.

The purpose of Sight Word Lists for early primary (elementary) school is for quick recognition. These words are frequently occurring in texts. Twenty to 40 could be learned by the end of Prep and the rest towards the end of Grade 1. There’s no special advantage to having pictures on sight words. So making them by hand gives a great result for the child — and is cheap and easy to do.

The first task:

~~teach children the alphabet and letter-sound correlation. This can be done with flash cards. 
One lower case letter per card, and printed carefully and written large.

~~Once children are on the way with the first task, simple words can be introduced as sight words.


~~The way forward is for children to learn the sight words. Here is the link to making flash cards. Here is the link:
Flash Cards – How To Make, Post

The purpose of making these 100 Words into flash cards is to have children reading simple texts quickly. This way, children do not have to learn spelling patterns and rules in the same short space of time.

Fast-Track Your Child:   Analysis of the First 100 Sight Words reveals that 20% have irregular spelling. The rest of them follow any one of 22 spelling rules in English. This applies to both Dolch’s and Fry’s lists. Children are half-way to knowing these rules when they  know the Sight Words.

Same spelling pattern for several words  =  A Spelling Rule :  Many believe that the word put has irregular spelling. But in the UK, put and but are pronounced alike in many parts of the country. Spelling rules are much older and are more fixed while our way of speaking has changed.

When teachers refer to a spelling rule or spelling pattern, it means there are groups of words that follow the same pattern.  This accounts for the mis-match with some words. ‘Put’ and ‘but’ are good examples.

Examples of rules,

~~find, rind, pint and kind are one word family, and
~~mint, hint, kink and wind are another.

The conclusion is:

 ~~that i can be a short or long vowel when followed by two terminal consonants.
~~The word find is listed as a sight word but it has many cousins. So it is not a word with irregular spelling.

The 22 spelling rules are not all taught in Prep and Grade 1. They are taught progressively to the end of Grade 2, and beyond, along with many others