Sight Word Bingo
Learning Sight Words: Grades K-3rd
My daughter is in kindergarten this year (a K/1st mix) and one of the learning techniques in language arts that her teacher employs is the use of “sight words.” The idea is to learn a bank of words that do not correspond to the basic phonetic rules. Words like away, blue, ate, and, the, put, buy, because, why and so on.
I recently read “Make Friends with Sight Words” by Liana Mahoney, a K-12 teacher from upstate New York. She writes:
“With phonics, what beginning readers see is what they get. But unfortunately, some of the most common words in our language–such as have, what, or who–just don’t follow the rules. Just by looking at it, for example, you’d think that “what” should rhyme with “cat,” but no; it rhymes with “hut”! The word “have”, one of the top 100 words in the English language, doesn’t follow that long vowel, silent “e” rule that we see in a word such as “cake.”
In school, we call these “sight words,” and in first grade, teachers spend lots of time purposely building a “word bank” so that kids can recognize and read them instantly. Having a strong sight vocabulary builds reading fluency and confidence, so it’s well worth some time and practice at home.”