Sight words are words that appear frequently in most of the text people read, but can’t easily be sounded out or illustrated. Using phonics or picture reading skills for words like these does not help, especially those who are in the early stages of developing their decoding skills.
Learning the sight words helps children become more confident readers. It helps our young readers to make automatic association as soon as they see the word.
When a reader masters sight words they is able to understand at least half of the words in a particular text. By eliminating the need to decode these words, the reader is able to focus on those that are more difficult and less familiar. Beyond this, sight words offer important clues about the meaning of a sentence.
The ELP 3 children have learnt quite a few sight words and an activity was planned to recapitulate this concept. The children formed pairs and each pair were given a story book which was rich in sight words. Some sight words were listed on the board and the children were asked to circle them in their books. The team which seeks all the sight words wins.
It was such a treat to watch our sharp witted hunters work as a team and hunt words.