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Our family uses a combination of phonics and sight words to learn how to read. Sight words include the most commonly used words in the English language that should be learned by simply memorizing them rather than sounding them out.
We use the Dolch word list for learning sight words. It’s the most commonly used way to learn sight words and has extensive research backing up its effectiveness!
The Dolch sight word list contains the 220 most commonly used words in English that should be learned as sight words. Between 50% to 80% of words found used in textbooks, library books, newspapers, and magazines are on the Dolch word list! That means that if your child learns the full list, they can already read over half of the words in every book!
Dolch Sight Word Posters
The 5 sets should be taught in order. Based on the research, each set is ideal for a specific grade level.
- Preschool: Set 1
- Kindergarten: Set 2
- 1st Grade: Set 3
- 2nd Grade: Set 4
- 3rd Grade: Set 5
Of course, the one-on-one attention from homeschooling makes our kiddos so brilliant that you can definitely move on to the next set earlier if your child is ready!