Its All About Sight Words

David General

The English language is a language with many complexities, including homophones, synonyms, 'silent' letters and a rich set of sounds. For children to develop the skills necessary to decode such a language, they must first learn the phonics, diagraphs and blends of each letter and understand how they 'stitch together' to form a word and then to apply reasoning in their decision as to whether or not the word 'makes sense'.

This is an integral part of learning how to read. However, there are some words that a child (or adult for that matter) simply cannot 'sound out'. This is because when the letters are combined to form a word they do not make their usual sound or blend.

Therefore, these particular words need to be recognised by sight and are commonly referred to as 'sight words'. There are also some words that appear in children's literature more frequently than others do. These high frequency words are also known as 'sight words'.

There are several versions of Sight Word lists getting around the web that aim at easing a child's ability to read into a world that has in excess of 1 million words in the English language. Our Sight Word App games use a combination of the 220 Dolch Sight Words (developed by Edward William Dolch, PhD, in 1948) plus many of the 95 Dolch Noun words (also developed by Edward William Dolch) as well as other high frequency words.

Knowing 'sight words' will enhance a child's confidence in literacy and therefore start a life long journey and love of reading. Our Sight Word App games deliver these high frequency words to children in a new and exciting way via a rich learning experience by combining a variety of senses: sight, sound AND touch, which can only inspire positive results.

Test it for yourself and let us know how your little person goes.

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