One Hundred Sight Words, Early Primary School
The One Hundred Sight Words
or High Frequency Words
The 100 Sight Words for Prep and Grade 1 is the quick route to reading in English. It doesn’t change the importance of phonics in early literacy. Sight Words are set down for Prep and Grade 1 to learn for immediate 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 advantage to having pictures on sight words. That’s why it’s best to make them. First task is to teach children the alphabet and letter-sound recognition. Once children are on the way with their phonics, 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 them. Easy and saves money. More importantly, doing it this way is correct educationally.
The purpose of making these 100 Words into “Sight Words” is to get the beginner reader reading simple texts without having to learn spelling patterns and rules in the same short space of time. And there is wisdom and common sense in educators doing this. If you are home schooling your child you need to do this too.
Fast-Track Your Child: My 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. 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 live in the UK and put and but are pronounced alike in many parts of the country. When teachers refer to a spelling rule or spelling pattern, it means there are groups of words within that rule. Spelling rules are much older. While our way of speaking has changed, the spelling has not. This accounts for the mis-match with some words.
For example, find, rind, pint and kind are on the one hand. And then we have mint, hint, kink and wind on the other hand. 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 bed-fellows. 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 along with many others through their reading lessons.