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Sight Words

Sight Words are memorized so that a child can recognize commonly used or phonetically irregular words at a glance, without needing to go letter-by-letter.

The best way to learn sight words is through lots and lots of repetition, in the form of flashcard exercises and word-focused games.

Students will begin with Sight Words, and move onto phrases.
The words in these phrases come from Dr. Edward Fry’s Instant Word List (High Frequency Words). According to Fry, the first 300 words in the list represent about 67% of all the words students encounter in their reading. Learning all 1,000 words in the Fry list would equip a child to read about 90% of the words in a typical book, newspaper, or website.