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How do you teach sight words to kids? Children learn sight words through practice and repetition through repeat exposure. Because classroom time is rarely enough time to teach a child sight words at a level he/she will truly master his/her sight words, parents should help their children practice outside the classroom. Children should be taught how to recognize and spell sight words.
There are many sight word games and sight word activities available to assist in teaching sight words. There are also many sight words list such as Dolch sight words and Fry sight words list. Sight words activities and sight words games such as sight words flash cards, sight words bingo, and sight words online educational games are great ways to help your child recognize and spell sight words faster – and ultimately help your child develop into an efficient and smooth reader.
Children do not learn sight words by sounding them out or through the use of pictures. So teaching sight words with pictures is not effective. Also, children who attempt to apply phonic analysis or decoding rules to sight words will likely become very frustrated with reading – as sight words generally do not follow phonic or coding rules learned in school. In order for a child to develop into an efficient and smooth reader he/she must gain mastery over sight words and essentially have them memorized. Teaching sight words to children through various games and activities will give your kids the repeat exposure he/she will need to master sight words.
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