Knowing your sights words makes reading smoother and easier. Find out how to incorporate Pre-K Sight Word Activities into your school day.
What Are Sight Words?
Sight words are words your child learns by memorizing, not by sounding out. The most commonly used list of sight words was developed by Dr. Edward William Dolch in the 1930s and 40s. He compiled a list of words (now called the Dolch sight words) that are used most frequently in children’s books. By recognizing these common words by sight, an early reader gets a boost to fluency.
Although the Dolch list contains hundreds of words, a developing reader does not learn them all at once. At each stage of learning, the child memorizes a set of words. The Pre-K list contains 27 words.
How do you teach a preschooler to memorize 27 words? It is easy-peasy with sight word activities.
How to Teach Pre-K Sight Words
While you can teach the Dolch sight words with flashcards, your preschooler is more likely to remember them if you take a multisensory approach. These Pre-K Sight Word Activity Sheets ask your preschooler to do the following:
See and say the sight word.
This is another way to engage the visual center of the brain. Color each letter of the sight word (as an adorable Easter egg).
Practice writing the sight word by tracing it in large, pre-K sized print.
Search for the correct sight word and circle it. Be a detective; find the right sight word among the other words!
Cut out the letters that make up the word.
Glue the letters in the correct order to form the word. This is the most challenging activity, so it is completed after the child has already read, colored, traced, and identified the word.
How to Use Pre-K Sight Word Activity Pages in Homeschool Preschool
One page of Pre-K Sight Words can be your preschooler’s language arts lesson for the day. Here’s how to do that:
1 – Download and print the 27 Pre-K Sight Word Activity Pages from the Homeschooling Preschool Store. You may wish to print the sheet on cardstock (more on this later).
2 – Gather the needed supplies: crayons, kid scissors, and a glue stick.
3 – Read the word to your preschooler and have him say it after you.
4 – Complete the sheet together or have your child complete it independently.
You can cut off the “Read It” section after your child has finished the activity page to make a flashcard for review. This works especially well if you have printed the sheet on cardstock.
You can also save the entire page and, once your preschooler finishes all 27 activity pages, bind them together into a book.
Preschool Sight Words
Teaching Dolch sight words to your preschooler has never been easier–or more interactive–with these Pre-K Sight Word Activity Pages.