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Do you have a child ready to enter kindergarten? If so, you might be looking for sight words for 5-year-olds. You’ve come to the right place! Kindergarten sight words are going to be a huge priority for your child and learning them now is so important in helping your child learn to read fluently as they become a confident reader.  

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The beginning sight words that your child is going to learn first are some of the most common sight words that your child will encounter in his reading.  They are taught as prekindergarten sight words and Kindergarten sight words.

Practice these words daily. Practice these high-frequency words often in order to help your child memorize their Dolch sight words, one by one. Keep up the hard work and soon enough your little one will be reading like a pro.

What are sight words?

Sight words are the most commonly used terms that appear on almost any page of text. These common, key words usually refer to a list from which children learn all or some of these important phrases during their first year in kindergarten.

kindergarten sight word list

As a child play therapist and teacher, I understand how important it is to understand what sight words are, as well as understanding which activities, games, and apps are best to use to teach them.

Why are they so important?

To become a great reader, children must master their list of sight words. Once they have mastered these items to continue practicing them so that it becomes second nature for the child when looking at text and reading aloud. 

In fact, between 50-75% of your child’s text will include sight words from pre-primer to primer Dolch word lists.

Sight words are important so that your child can read fast enough and know what word to read without sounding out every letter. If they can’t, then they’ll have a hard time understanding what they’re reading.

The ability to recognize words helps your child in so many areas, including comprehension (understanding what you are reading) because the child is not trying to “sound out” the word, but instead, the focus is on the content.

If your child’s comprehension is limited, that will affect them when they move on to difficult texts like those found in science textbooks.

Sight Words for 5 year old’s

When a child can read the 52 most common words in kindergarten level books, it makes reading easier and more fluent. Soon, they will move on to the top 100 sight words that they will be expected to learn.

These sight words include:
all, am, are, at, ate, be, black, brown, but, came, did, do, eat, four, get, good, have, he, into, like, must, new, no, now, on, our, out, please, pretty, ran, ride, saw, say, she, so, soon, that, there, they, this, too, under, want, was, well, went, what, white, who, will, with, yes.

Download the Sight Word list for FREE here.

How to Teach Sight Words to 5 Year Old Children

To begin, simply introduce your child to the list:

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Remember to read every word on this list once a day and explain that he will be learning one new vocabulary word per day. Be excited about it! 

On his first day, ask him if he knows any of these words already by putting a sticker next to each one they do recognize. This will help you know which words need more focus & which ones can simply be reviewed each day.

Throughout the day, talk about that word and go back to it on the wall. You can even have your child “tap” the words on the paper as you leave the room.

Practice using the words that you are working on in sentences and practice otherwise saying/showing what these words mean.

I keep our words in our pantry so anytime someone eats a snack they see the words.

From then on you can just review the words every few days until all of your child’s sight words are mastered!

As more days pass, your child will begin to find those words everywhere around in daily life (in books , signs nearby etc..) This is when the fun really begins…

Find more awesome ways to introduce, practice, and learn sight words here.

Kindergarten Sight Word Bundle

The words in this Kindergarten Sight Word bundle include the most common sight words your child will encounter during his reading.

These are important because they help build a foundation for learning to read and help your child to understand what is being said in sentences (because they put less attention & focus on sounding out words & more attention & focus on the story). 

Don’t forget to practice! Practice makes perfect, so stick with it and soon enough your child will be reading like a pro.

If you need some extra help along the way or want to buy our bundle of sight word activities (which includes over 100+ commonly used words), click here!

Hi there!

I’m Becky, a former elementary school teacher turned certified child development therapist and blogger. I work at home with my husband and together we are raising (and partially homeschooling) our four children in the Carolinas. I love diet coke, ice cream, and spending time with my family.

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  1. I love this list of sight words for 5-year-olds! It’s so helpful to have a list like this to refer to.

  2. I love this list of sight words for 5-year-olds! It’s so helpful to have a list like this to refer to.