Sight Words: to teach or not to teach?

Ever since my teaching years in the brick and mortar classroom, to teach or not to teach sight words has been a popular question. I personally see the amazing benefits of teaching sight words and opt in to incorporating them into my homeschool curriculum.

Here is why I think sight words should be taught:

  • When children can automatically recognize words, it can help with comprehension.
  • When a child is reading, instant recognition will help them better read independently.
  • Visual recognition of whole words contributes to a child being able to read fluently.
  • Words can be taught before phonics instruction.
  • Most sight words do not follow the rules of the English language.
  • Sight words make up about 50-70% words encountered in normal, every day text.

There are many ways to implement sight word activities on a weekly, even a daily, basis and it is my goal to provide you with ideas, resources, and activities that we use in our homeschooling!

With that in mind, I’d like to offer you a Winter Sight Word Pack FREEBIE that is loaded with five interactive worksheets. From recognition and matching to coloring and tracing, you’ll find these worksheets handy when teaching the Dolch Pre-Primer Sight Words.

As always, I recommend printing and laminating my resources to make them reusable… especially if you are schooling multiple kiddos! After you laminate them, stick them in a labeled binder and you’ll have a resource you can use over and over! I recommend this laminator, and this amazing deal on a pack of laminating sheets, and these binders for easy, durable storage of all your resources!

Check out my Homeschool Pinterest Board to see lists of words and other great activities to incorporate into your homeschooling routine!


There are other FREE Sight Word printables HERE!



Until next time, happy homeschooling y’all!




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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Elisheva Weyers

    I’ve noticed with my two olders they have really diverse learning styles. My daughter really struggles with Phonics and learns best with association and sight words (she has a photographic type of memory) while my oldest son does great with Phonics and can sound almost anything out (although I teach him sight words too). Still have a long way to go.. but it is interesting to see how each child learns and what interests each child develops. =)

    1. Michelle

      I know what you mean. My kiddos are definitely exhibiting different learning styles. I want to get Anita Gibsons book, Star Finder. Did you get a chance to listen to her live talk?

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