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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Dolch Words- Sight words to help your young reader

 Mrs. Perkins site is filled with ideas and materials to help your reader learn and master sight words.
 You will find lists of sight words, sight word phrases and sight word activities at this link.

Here is some basic information about Dolch words and why they are an important part of instruction in early reading programs.
Edward William Dolch published a list of 220 frequently used 'service words' and a separate list of 95 common nouns. The Dolch Word List is also called Sight Words or The Dolch 220. It includes the most frequently used words in the English language. Sight words make up 50 to 70 percent of any general text. Therefore, teaching The Dolch Word List is a crucial goal of education in grades kindergarten through 3.
 Because fluency in reading the Dolch 220 and the 95 nouns is essential to literacy, a variety of techniques are used to teach them, including: reading Dolch literature books, using flash cards, playing games, and writing activities. Repetition and practice are very important in making recognition of sight words automatic. Once this core of basic sight words has been memorized, children read more fluently, with greater comprehension.

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