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Examples of Sight Words for Kindergarten

Learning sight words is a necessary component in a child’s reading development. It helps them build their vocabulary and pronunciation, refine their writing skills, improve their confidence in reading comprehension, and become better communicators. That is why by the time they are in kindergarten, children should recognize sight words. But, how do you do that? In this article, I’ll give you examples of sight words for Kindergarteners and strategies to teach these words.

Examples of Sight Words for Kindergarten

There are 52 sight words for kindergarten. They are:

  1. all
  2. am
  3. are
  4. at
  5. ate
  6. be
  7. black
  8. brown
  9. but
  10. came
  11. did
  12. do
  13. eat
  14. four
  15. get
  16. good
  17. have
  18. he
  19. into
  20. like
  21. must
  22. new
  23. no
  24. now
  25. on
  26. our
  27. out
  28. please
  29. pretty
  30. ran
  31. ride
  32. saw
  33. say
  34. she
  35. so
  36. soon
  37. that
  38. there
  39. they
  40. this
  41. too
  42. under
  43. want
  44. was
  45. well
  46. went
  47. what
  48. white
  49. who
  50. will
  51. with
  52. yes

Strategies to Teach Sight Words to Kindergarten

There are many strategies to teach sight words in kindergarten. Here are some methods I tried as a teacher that work well:

Teach Sight Words by Batch and by Category

It’s too much for a kindergarten student to memorize 52 sight words. Hence, it is easier and more effective to organize the words by category and teach them by batch. Your school may have a list of categories, so you should follow that. If these categories don’t work, try categorizing the sight words based on their frequency and length. Furthermore, teach these words by a batch of not more than three.

Examples of Sight Words for Kindergarten Organized by Frequency

List 1

he, was, that, she, on, they, but, at, with, all

List 2

here, out, be, have, am, do, did, what, so, get, like

List 3

this, will, yes, went, are, now, no, came, ride, into

List 4

good, want, too, pretty, four, saw, well, ran, brown, eat, who

List 5

new, must, black, white, soon, our, ate, say, under, please

Examples of Sight Words for Kindergarten Organized by Length

List 1

am, at, be, do, on, no, he, so

List 2

All, are, ate, but, did, eat, get, new, now, our, out, ran, saw, say, she, too, who, yes

List 3

Came, four, have, into, like, must, ride, soon, that, they, this, want, will, went, what

List 4

Black, brown, please, pretty, there, under, white

Let Kindergarteners Use Their Hands to Learn Sight Words

Develop your child’s kinesthetic learning skills by letting him learn sight words using his hands and motor skills. This learning style stimulates the child’s brain and helps in absorbing information better. Below are some examples of hands-on activities you can use to teach sight words to your kindergartener. Just a tip though; before starting the activity, explicitly explain the mechanics or make a trial to show them how to do it.

Sight Words Castle

This hands-on activity to learn sight words uses sand and sandcastle molds. The mechanics are simple:

  1. Let your child make a sandcastle.
  2. In the sandcastle, write one sight word and let the child read and memorize it. Once he can recognize the sight word for three consecutive rows, he can destroy the sandcastle and make a new one.
  3. Repeat with a new sight word.

Play-Doh Sight Words

Another hands-on activity you can use to teach sight words to your kindergarten child is the Play-Doh Sight Words. To do it:

  1. On a piece of paper, write down some sight words and read them aloud to your child.
  2. Let the child make the exact words using play-doh.
  3. Once finished with one word, allow your child to read it repeatedly.
  4. Then let the child point to the exact words he made using play-doh from the ones written down on paper.

Watercolor Mystery Sight Words

Watercolor mystery sight words is another hands-on and fun activity that will help your kindergartener learn sight words. For this activity, you need some clean pieces of paper, a white crayon, and some watercolor. Start by writing a sight word using the white crayon on a clean piece of paper. Then ask the child to find the mystery sight word by painting the paper using watercolor. The mystery sight word will show up once they finish painting the whole paper.

Give Children Repeated Exposure

Children will learn to recognize sight words better if they have more exposure to these words. Therefore, even when they have already learned the words during activities, you still need to give them exposure to these words. By doing this, they will not easily forget the words they have already learned. One great way to do this is to use our Advanced Nouns Flashcards which contain 150 sight words that are perfect for Kindergarteners.

Learning these examples of sight words for kindergarten is important for your child’s development. Yet, it’s also important that they have fun. Thus, incorporate play into their learning.


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