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You Can Read Sight Words Version 2.0?
The new You Can Read Sight Words 2.0 features a new method of teaching high-frequency words from the Dolch list {which includes the 220 most frequently used words in the English language}. Our new lists and activities are based on the Heart Word Magic method which teaches children to sound out the parts of irregular words that do follow phonics rules and learn a small part of the word that is the “tricky part” by heart. Read more in the FAQ below!

FAQ

Why a new version of You Can Read Sight Words?


I was taught to teach reading over 25 years ago and was extensively trained in a common method that I believed was the best. The original You Can Read Sight Words was based on this method, which randomly grouped high-frequency words and had children memorize them “by sight” without explicit phonics instruction for the words.

As I have moved along as a homeschooler, I have learned a new and better method. I absolutely LOVE learning about how to teach children to read and thanks to All About Reading, which I discovered when my oldest son was in 1st grade, I began a journey of learning. After seeing my children succeed with All About Reading {a more research-based method of teaching kids to read} I began exploring more. This led me on a deep journey of learning this past year specifically and prompted me to rework YCR Sight Words to reflect my learning.

I have self-taught this new method thanks to many wonderful resources online. I have adapted this for homeschoolers, to make it easy for you to understand. This method is based on a research-based model that features a method of teaching high-frequency words from the Dolch list which includes the 220 most frequently used words in the English language. Our new lists and activities are based on the Heart Word Magic method which teaches children to sound out the parts of irregular words that do follow phonics rules and learn a small part of the word that is the “tricky part” by heart. If you want to learn more about this, see our resource page online here with links to the most important places I learned from.

I spent many hours researching and creating lists in order to produce the word groups for the units. I also spent many hours learning and recording phonics/spelling rules to help you understand different words. It is my hope that this resource gives you the confidence to expand your child’s reading vocabulary through the addition of many high-frequency words alongside of your regular reading program.




What is included?


See a visual list here!

MANY activities are provided for each unit, but I DO NOT recommend using all of them. Choose activities your child will enjoy and benefit from! Once you have taught the words, repetitive exposure is essential for mastery. For a word to become a “sight word” it is a word that your child can decode quickly and effortlessly. The key is teaching the tricky parts of the word instead of asking a child to simply memorize a word without clear instruction.

Included for each unit:

•Reference page for teacher {clipboard page} •Word Cards featuring the Heart-Word method •Word Mapping •Play Dough Words •BINGO •Word Search •Word Stamping •Word Shapes •Funny Fonts •Word Building •Word Puzzles •Connect the Words •Color, Trace, Write •Read & Match •Roll, Read, Trace In addition to printable activities you also get access to our Boom Cards. See a video preview of the Boom Cards in action below.




What age/grade is this for?


This resource can be used alongside of your homeschool reading program but should not be started until your child has mastered all common sounds of consonants/short vowels, and can read basic CVC words {consonant-vowel-consonant, like the word "cat"}. If you use All About Reading, this is complete after lesson 17 in level 1. This usually occurs midway through a typical Kindergarten year. For some kids it will be earlier, some later. Instead of focusing on age/grade, focus on whether your child knows consonant and short vowel sounds and how to blend simple CVC words. If your child still needs more practice with this, I recommend using the resources on our CVC webpage here!




How do I organize the activities?


I keep my current unit in a 3-ring binder. Future units {and past units when we finish} are stored in an accordion binder.

See a quick video of my binder set-up here!




I am a classroom teacher, can I use this too?


Yes! Just purchase the group option. I created this with homeschool parents in mind, but it can be used in a classroom seting also.




How did you decide which words to include and how to organize them into units?


This took a LOT of time and thought, and many spreadsheets! I anazlyzed all 220 Dolch words and sorted them by spelling pattern, and frequency. Ultimately I first chose words based on frequency {focusing on including the first 50 words from the Dolch list}, then I grouped by any similar spelling patterns. Additional Dolch words beyond the most frequent were added if they fit into a specific spelling pattern. I used the following books as reference guides while creating this program:





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Heart-Words & Word Mapping
Heart-Words & Word Mapping
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Play Dough Words
Play Dough Words
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Funny Fonts
Funny Fonts
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Read & Match
Read & Match
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Stamp the Words
Stamp the Words
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BINGO
BINGO
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Color, Trace, & Write
Color, Trace, & Write
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Word Puzzles
Word Puzzles
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Connect the Words
Connect the Words
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Word Shapes
Word Shapes
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Roll, Read, Trace
Roll, Read, Trace
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Word Building
Word Building
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