Dolch Sight Words

Helping your kids learn!

What are sight words?

In 1936, E.W Dolch (PhD) compiled a list of 220 words that should be recognized by sight for fast and fluent reading. These words are the most frequently occurring words in the English language, making up 50 to 70 percent of any general text. The reason that they are called sight words is because they cannot be “sounded out” phonetically and must be recognized by sight. It includes pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, conjunctions and verbs. However, it excludes nouns, which make up a separate list of 95 words. In combinations, the list of 220 Dolch sight words and 95 nouns is essential to literacy and are taught in kindergarden and first grade in English speaking countries around the world.

How can parents help?

A variety of techniques are used to teach children sight words, including reading Dolch literature books such as ‘The Cat in the Hat’ by Dr. Seuss, using flash cards, playing games, and writing activities. In order to make recognition of sight words automatically, repetition and practice is required. Studies show that young children only learn new words in socially contingent interactions such as directly talking to an adult in person or through video chat. Non contingent interactions such as watching a video simply do not work.

The problem is that a primary school teacher do not have the time to practice sight words one on one repeatedly with every child under her care. Unfortunately, many children get left behind in literacy skills because they have not had adequate practice in school or at home. It is therefore crucial for parents to be involved in their child’s learning, especially at a young age.

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As a parent, you may have already received flashcards and early readers from your child’s school to help them practice at home. However, what we found when we talked to parents is that they are either too busy, work long hours away from home or that it’s too difficult to keep the kids’ attention when teaching them sight words.

There’s an old African proverb that says, “It takes a village to raise a child”. We no longer live in villages anymore. Grandparents live far away, sometimes across different countries and seas. We don’t know our neighbours as well as we used to. We have lost the support structure that a village provided for our child’s learning.

Chatty Kidz promises to connect the village. We allow you to schedule and call your family and relatives to help in your child’s education. We have also compiled a new list of words by combining Dolch sight words with the nouns list. We then divided them into shorter, manageable stages to make helping children practice less stressful. Sightwords is integrated into Chatty Kidz’s video chatting application so you both share the same screen, making it more interactive and engaging for the children. Are you too busy today? No worries, just schedule a call with their grandparents on Chatty Kidz for free. It feels just like being there in person. 


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