Sight words are such an important part of reading and writing development. When I was in the classroom, I made it a point to integrate them into my daily lessons and embed them into our everyday activities. One of my favorite ways to encourage children to learn their sight words was through the use of simple sight word lists  the children could use for self assessment and as a resource during writing and reading.

TOP sight word lists free printables


One of the most important ways to encourage sight word development is to repeat, repeat, repeat. Integrating sight words into everyday play, classroom activities and lessons at home are great ways to help your children gain sight word knowledge and make the connection between the abstract and the concrete. Today, I am over at Melissa & Doug sharing some really fun ways to use stamps to practice sight word fun. You won’t want to miss how we integrate sensory and sight word play!

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Everywhere you look, you can find sight word lists to use with your children. You will find color words, shape words, themed words, and spelling word lists. The two most popular sets of sight word lists are Fry and Dolch sight word lists, both of which are excellent resources for teachers and parents looking to decide where to start and assess what their students already know.

When I was in the classoom, however, I always noticed that when my students went to use their lists, they always had trouble finding the word they needed. That’s because both Fry and Dolch lists are organized by frequency in the English Language and by use, which is amazing. However it doesn’t really make sense to a first grader looking for “where” as they edit their writing.

That’s why I have made a list of 100 beginning sight words that you will find in alphabetical order. Finding a word your child needs in their writing should be easy and organized, now.

100 sight words free printable

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You might be wondering what the small lettering is on the bottom. One of my favorite parts of teaching was doing student led conferences. This meant that I began the year, teaching my students how to set goals and how to track them. Each child would get a printed sight word list and together, we would count how many words they knew. We set goals together and then tracked the growth for the year, writing down the new number each quarter.

The children loved seeing the growth and watching the number of words read go up, up, up! It was great for the students that only could read 2 words coming in, and the students that could read most of the words (I hope to make another set of more advanced words soon… you have to tell me in the comments below if this is something you’d like to see.)

Self Assessment Sight Words

But wait, I’m not done… I wanted you to have a blank word list. The main reason is that all children are different. You might have one child extremely interested in trains and one interested in animals. These two children would need and know a very different set of sight words. This blank printable allows children to track the words they have learned that are not “traditional” sight words or that are not on their lists. It also allows them to have the words at their fingertips for word work, writing, and reading instruction.

BLANK Sight Word List (1)

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I hope this resource has been helpful for you and I hope you will click through to find out about the really fun sight word activities I am sharing at Melissa & Doug.  What is your favorite way to play and learn with sight words?  I can’t wait to see! Connect with me on FacebookTwitterGoogle+PinterestInstagram or subscribe by email so you don’t miss any of our next adventures.  I can’t wait to hear your ideas.


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7 thoughts on “TOP Sight Word Lists {FREE PRINTABLES}”

  1. Erin

    Hi there

    I stumbled accross your sight and thought to ask as you were a teacher and you now home school. My son is going to be 22 months at the end of August and he is a wonderful little fella. He is prgressing wodnerfully except for his language skills, he doesn’t talk yet. Speech therapists are pricey here and in South Africa we do not receive free speech classes. So i was just wanting to ask what we can do as we are trying so much to help him and what advice and tips you could give us possibly that can help him get to talking and where he needs to be.

    Thank you so very much for any assistance, we appreciate it greatly.

    Enjoy your day

    Kind regards

    1. Lemon Lime Adventures

      Try some simple language games with your little one. Make sure you try to join some facebook groups that specialize in language development to get ideas. If you need any further assistance, please let me know.

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