Learning to read is an exciting time in a child’s life, and the right books are essential to inspire a life-long love of learning. Sight words — the words that appear over and over again in various texts — are incredibly important building blocks for kids who are learning to read. They’re short and simple, and knowing them “by sight” is an essential step in increasing a child’s reading fluency.
Sight word books also help children develop vocabulary and practice reading skills. This list includes a variety of texts that introduce children to reading basics while letting them practice important comprehension and writing skills. Consider these books if you have a kindergartener or early grade-schooler in the home and you’re looking for options to help bolster their skills.
Bob Books help children learn the most common sight words by incorporating three of them into each short story. The stories themselves are incredibly easy to read and funny, and kids will have a blast reading them. This set includes 10 books along with flashcards to help children practice the new sight words they’ve learned while reading.
This book contains perforated flashcards along with a dry-erase pen for writing on the wipe-clean pages, plus 48 pages of fun activities that will help build your child’s confidence in reading and writing. Featuring high-frequency sight words such as “and,” “the” and “is,” this book is a great starting point for your kindergarteners as they develop their reading comprehension, and increase their accuracy and speed. Colorful photographs and fun illustrations keep kids interested while giving teachers and parents conversation-starters as they go through the many lessons contained inside.
One of the great things about wipe-clean pages is that children do not have to linger on their mistakes. They can try over and over again until they finally get it right, helping to boost their confidence in their newfound reading and writing skills. “Wipe Clean: Learning Sight Words” is a great option for any beginning reader and writer.
With colorful cartoon animals guiding the way, along with hand motions that help with kinesthetic learning, children are encouraged to learn the sounds of the different groups of letters presented in the book. Because each word is taught through a combination of hearing a word, seeing a word and performing an action associated with the word, this book works well regardless of which learning style works best for an individual child. From putting their hand in the shape of a “c” like a cat’s claw to flapping like a flamingo, there are many different ways a child can experience learning when they flip through the pages of this interesting and engaging learn-to-read book. Recommended for pre-kindergarten through first grade.
With fill-in-the-blank stories and sentences, and plenty of word games, puzzles and stories that help present the vocabulary children are learning in context, this workbook builds children’s vocabularies and gives them the comprehension skills they need as they continue to grow as readers. The words included in this workbook range from basic nouns to essential verbs. This is a terrific option that is perfect for helping a kindergartener who already has some basic reading skills to gain even more confidence and increase their abilities going into early grade school.
Featuring examples from the Dolch word list, or words that account for anywhere from 50-75% of vocabulary found in grade-school reading material, this book includes the 100 words most commonly encountered in any text. Kids have the opportunity to trace words, write them out, cut and paste them and more, giving them the chance to have a more tactile experience with these words that can often translate into better memorization than they may experience just seeing them printed on the page. This is a good option for kindergarteners through early-elementary students who learn well with repeated practice.
“Schools expect your child to know sight words,” Emily Lehman, a licensed teacher, says. “Sight-word fluency for early readers is critical to your child’s confidence and reading comprehension. These high-frequency words allow your early reader to more easily decode key words and phrases. The Bob Books are some of my favorites. These books allow your children to learn and have fun. Remember, your child will likely not remember them the first few times. Through repetition, the recognition becomes automatic.”
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Emily Lehman is a licensed teacher, nonprofit youth coordinator and mother of two young girls. Emily understands how to make learning fun and is a pro at engaging children in the classroom. She also learns constantly in her own experience raising children. When she isn’t teaching or raising her daughters, she is taking care of her horses and family farm.