Early Literacy - Sight Words

  • Reading is one of the most critical skills that students must learn. One important goal in teaching young students to read is making sure they are completely proficient with sight words. Sight words are very important for your child to master because sight words account for up to 75% of the words used in beginning children’s printed material.  Having the ability to memorize and recognize these words can dramatically increase confidence and improve the reading proficiency of beginning readers.

                In Wayne County, we begin introducing sight word lists during the second nine-weeks of the kindergarten year. The goal is for each child to learn a minimum of 30 words every nine-week grading period.  Sight words are introduced through our reading and phonics program, Journeys.

                Students are given many fun and engaging opportunities to learn and practice sight words at school. Working with your child at home for just a few minutes every day will also help your child master these important words. Flashcards are a fun way to work with your child at home. There are also many online games that help students learn sight words.

                Wayne County uses the Dolch Sight Word List. We will send home one list of words at a time.  When your child masters one list, the teacher will check it off and send home the next list. This method allows students to move at their own pace, while encouraging growth for all students.

                There are so many fun stages in a child’s formative years. I believe that one of the most exciting is the time that the child is becoming fully literate. We in the Wayne County School System are honored to be part of your child’s journey towards literacy. If you have questions or concerns about how your child is progressing, please make an appointment to talk with your child’s teacher. We are here to help.

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