Sightwords.com is a comprehensive curriculum for early child literacy. This collection of resources is designed to help school teachers, parents, and caregivers teach a child how to read. We combine the latest literacy research with decades of teaching experience to bring you the best method of instruction, to make teaching easier, more effective, and more fun.
The materials on this site are divided into four building blocks.
Letter and Sounds introduces the alphabet and teaches the associated sounds. We also teach phonemic awareness, helping a child learn that words are made up of individual sounds that are blended together. This forms the foundation stone for learning how to sound out words.
Phonics teaches a child how to sound out new and unfamiliar words. We teach strategies for decoding new words, by breaking the word into it’s constituent phonemes and blending them together. These skills help children self-teach new words, and are an important skill when they later need to encode words and start spelling.
Sight Words build speed and fluidity when reading. The sight words are a collection of words that a child should learn to recognize without needing to sound out the letters. The sight words are both common words used frequently, and foundational words that a child can build up
Writing introduces the basic mechanics of writing. We focus on forming letters and numbers, and developing basic hand-eye coordination.
Each of these four modules includes a detailed curriculum, giving you an overview of how the individual lessons fit together. Each lesson includes a detailed lesson plan showing you how to teach the material and how to help a child overcome common roadblocks. We also teaching aids and other materials that you can download and use with your lessons.
Each lesson also includes variations for making the lesson harder for advanced students, easier for new students, and just different for a bit of variety.
Assessments are embedded in many of the lessons, giving you points where you can check up on the progress of your student(s) and identify weak points before they become problems.
Help us help you. We want this to be a living resource that is constantly improving. So please provide us with your feedback, both the good and the bad. We want to know which lessons worked, and which fell short. We encourage you to contribute your own ideas that have worked well in the classroom. You can communicate with us through email, or just post a response in the comments section of the relevant page.