I honestly can’t really remember not knowing how to read. My darling mum taught me, through a kind of osmosis, simply by reading to me incessantly from the time of my birth. She loved to read, so I loved to read. By the time I started school at around 2 1/2, I already knew how to read. “Ice Cream!” I read the announcement on the board to my teacher. (Friday was ice cream day at my preschool.) “Can you read that?” she asked, incredulous. Hey, there was ice cream on the line. This was no time for messing around with Play-doh.
We have made a new video for all the kids who need to learn this magic trick.
What are “Sight Words,” you ask? A fellow named Edward William Dolch compiled a list of words commonly found in children’s books. The list was prepared in 1936, and is still commonly used to this day. They are broken down into different levels, according to the grades in which children are expected to memorize these words.
Edward Dolch championed the “whole word” method of learning how to read. Many of the Dolch words can be sounded out phonetically, but recognizing these words can dramatically improve reading speed and comprehension. Between 50% and 75% of all words used in schoolbooks, library books, newspapers, and magazines are a part of the Dolch basic sight word vocabulary.
This video covers all 40 of the Dolch Preschool Level Sight Words. Each word is pronounced, spelled, and used in a sentence. The pictures will help new readers remember each word. Please share it with your favourite new reader!
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