Guest Author - Alissa Moy
Preschool children are beginning to recognize basic sight word in preparation for reading. Here is a list of basic pre-primer, or preschool words that your child should know. These are part of the list titled Dolch Words, or words commonly used in children's literature.
Once your child has mastered the preschool list of words, you can progress to the Kindergarten list. Those words are as follows:
Fun ways to learn and review these words include creating flashcards, utilizing music and videos or dvds, and plain old reading! Be sure to read to your preschooler daily, if not several times a day. Encourage them to point out familiar words when you are going about your daily schedule. You might even find it fun to hunt for words on a day of errand running, like on signs and posters. When you are discussing colors and numbers be sure to write and say the color words aloud to promote further word recognition. You can also create fun sentences or short stories about your home life to read with your child which contain Dolch Words. This idea is especially good if you have a child who has difficulty with several of the words, as a funny sentence or story is familiar and fun. Classic book series, like Bob Books are wonderful books that reinforce Dolch words in an entertaining and encouraging way.