Sight Words For Prep And Grade 1, Literacy


Sight Words For Prep And Grade 1

Most sight word lists are very similar. They are lists of small, common words in English that early readers need to know. Instant recognition and a snappy response is what we aim for. Knowing these words by the end of the second year of school gives a child a flying start with literacy. These words can be used in sentences. Reading the words in context is a most important part of learning the sight words as well.

Purpose Of Sight Words

This is a list of about 100 words. They are divided into ten lists. I have used the lists common in the area where I live and teach. The lists are not in even numbers but they are colour coded in the order that the local schools use them.

I have already written a lot about Sight Words and their function in the literacy programme for early primary school. They are very important. Making flash cards and pasting up the Word Wall tells your child that they are important too.

In Flash Cards – How To Make I give full directions to make it easy for parents to do a good job on it. There’s nothing so annoying as feeling that you haven’t done a job well and need to do it again. This saves you a lot of bother. Link:

There is also the Word Wall which is the same set of lists written with a marker pen by hand for printing off on A3. They can be printed off on A4 as well. Here is the link:



Sight Words

Sight Words is for early readers. These words should be known after the first two years at school.

In the post One Hundred Sight Words And Why I make some points.

  • Firstly the sight words speed up the child’s literacy. Knowing the words enables a child to read text. A child then sees the words in sentences that make sense.
  • Most of the words are not irregular, even though many writers claim they are. About 20% of the sight words are irregular and the rest follow spelling rules – even though they follow any one of about 22 rules.

Here is the link for the discussion:

What Is In Sight Words

There are ten lists of words in two pages. They range from the easiest words such as  I  and  it  to the harder words like  love  and first. I have colour coded them myself.

How To Use This List

This is good as a reference sheet. From these ten lists you can prepare your own flash cards. This is really the best way to get your child instantly recognising each word.

The link here takes you to a Post that will help you to make the flash cards without needing to think too hard about it. The Post also explains how to use the cards to get the best result and how to keep your records of your child’s progress.

There are a number of lists that have been written and used by teachers for many years. They don’t vary a lot. There is no rule that these words have to be sight words. Through the work of teachers the lists have been put together. Academics have also had a big input.

I have come across a parent who writes a word that she wants her child to learn and sticks it on the jamb of doors in the home. The child has to read and say the word before he can pass through the door. If it works for you, use it.

I won’t repeat what is already in the Post on how to make and use flash cards.

A Similar Item

The Word Wall is a set of sheets with the sight words in these lists. They are written in bold and good for the wall. It’s best not to put them all up. Only put up the word lists that your child is working on.