are "sight words"? Sight words are words that we
see and use often when reading and writing. Did you know
that only 100 words make up half of all the words found in books
today? It may sound surprising, but this small set of
high-frequency words is the foundation of our language.
Good readers should be able to recognize and read them
instantly. Knowledge of high-frequency words is necessary
for fluent reading. Many of these words do not sound like
their spellings, therefore sounding them out would be
unproductive. Although many high-frequency words carry little
meaning, they affect the flow and coherence of text.
Developing a large sight word vocabulary helps a student become
a better reader by increasing reading fluency, speed, and
accuracy. On this page you will find the kindergarten
sight word list (for kindergarten and first grade) and online resources for sight word practice.