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SightWords.com
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The SightWords.com Team

The SightWords.com team is dedicated to developing child literacy curricula that are research-based and classroom-proven, with clear and simple instructions and accompanied by attractive and easy-to-use materials.

Our team is comprised of professionals with a broad range of educational experience and training, including:

  • 10 advanced degrees and certifications
  • 74 years working with children
  • 40 years teaching reading to both advanced and struggling young students
  • 27 years teaching in the classroom
  • 57 years training teachers
  • 72 years working with parents of young children
  • 2 parents of young children
  • 33 years in educational administration
  • 9 years teaching at the college level

22 Responses to “Contact”

  1. Kelli Munsell

    Hello,

    At what age do you start teaching children sight words?

    Thank you!
    Kelli 🙂

    ADMIN – Hi Kelli,

    It depends when the individual child is ready. The need to have developed both the attention span and cognitive capacity to understand Sight Words. 4 – 5 years old is typical. You could try earlier, I wouldn’t wait much later for a developmentally typical child.

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  2. Anna@The Measured Mom

    Hello! Your website is amazing, and I recommended it to my readers in my newsletter. I just printed some Bingo games to use with my preschooler, but I noticed that it repeated a lot of words. I’m pretty sure I included enough words that this wasn’t necessary. Have you noticed this?

    ADMIN – Hi Anna,

    Thanks for the feedback. The games are all designed so that they will use up all available words before repeating. For the Sight Words Bingo game, if you select more than the minimum 25 words, then there should be no repeats on any bingo card. If you are getting repeats, please email us attaching a PDF of the defective cards and the list of the words and word-lists you were attempting to use. This will help us diagnose the issue and get it fixed!

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  3. Andrea

    This is a great resource, but I have a question. You mention “the latest literacy research” and I was hoping to know more about that. Do you have links somewhere that I missed, or some info you can share on sight words and literacy? Thanks!

    ADMIN – Hi Andrea,

    We are going to put together a more comprehensive research document. But briefly, we used method that draw from the work of Barbara Wilson (Wilson Reading); Samuel Orton, MD; Anna Gillingham (Orton-Gillingham); Grace Fernald; Beth Slingerland (multi-sensory approach); C. Wilson Anderson (International Dyslexia Association); and Siegfried Engelmann (Direct Instruction.

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    • Betsy Primm

      Andrea,
      Sally Shaywitz, MD has commented a good deal about sight words that are linchpins to fluent literacy for children. Her book is Overcoming Dyslexia. She and her neurologist husband, Bennett Shaywitz, are at Yale and are internationally known for their research on reading.

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  4. Leslie

    Wow! I don’t know how long you’ve been up and running, but this web site is amazing. I wish I’d had it when I was teaching K! Now I’m using it to print out things for my daughter. (Much, much easier than creating all this in Excel!)
    Only suggestion I have so far is that it would be nice to have a less ink-intensive Bingo card option. These are beautiful and would be great if I were going to keep them for a class and re-use, but for just a couple uses with my daughter, I may decide to do some in Excel still…

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  5. Anthony (Tony) Eller

    I didn’t find out until later in life I was dyslexic, but when I finally realized the reasons why. A whole new world opened up to me. I created a website to help others find their “Gift” that I have found.
    http://MyToolBoxToSuccess.com I with the help of a former school teacher and Dr. Bob Berk that started a charter school http://cypressacademy.org in New Orleans that has dedicated 20% of enrollment to dyslexia (problem based learning) are now working on a nonprofit called Billy’s Quest from a song I wrote about being dyslexic called “Billy.” The mission is to bring Awareness and changing the perception of dyslexia. But the #1 Priority to offer free or inexpensive tools to help train teachers or teacher’s aides. I was disheartened yesterday after a meeting where I was told training packets for teachers could run $500 and to have a trainer come in to train could cost $3000! Can we work together to set up a training program and the training packets that the teachers/teachers aids would need.

    ADMIN – Hi Tony,

    We are always happy to discuss partnership opportunities with schools, teachers, and parents. Just go to our Contact page to call or email us, and let’s talk!

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  6. Diane

    Thank you so much for this much needed resource. Appreciate being able to find such a neatly organized list, easy on the eyes. Thank you!!

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  7. Pam Weldon

    Love your incredible website! Can you recommend apps or special software that will allow me to print large batches of flash cards (25-50 cards per set)?

    Thank-you Ever So Much!

    ADMIN – Hi Pam,

    Our flash cards come in the form of PDF files that you can print directly to your printer at home or the office. But if you want to print larger quantities than your home printer can handle, you can download and save the PDF files, and then have them printed out at someplace like FedEx Office.

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  8. Anni Frøstrup

    Hi, what an easy way to create a game. I´m a Danish speech-language-therapist and I love that I can customize it for speech games. But I can´t use 3 of our letters because it is English. What can I do about that?

    ADMIN – Hi Anni,

    Thanks for the feedback! We will look into finding a font that accommodates foreign letters and diacritical marks. In the short term, I would suggest simply typing in the closest English letters (or a black space) and writing in the appropriate marks. We are so thrilled to see our materials being used internationally!

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  9. Patricia Arroyo

    Hi, my name is Patricia. I love your page and strategies to help the students grow in learning. I am an English teacher from Colombia, here it is quite difficult to teach English, our level is very low. In public institutions (where I work) English is not seen as an important subject, just another one in the curriculum, the classes are in Spanish, I would like to receive support of suggestions of how to have my students interested in different bilingual activities, sometimes my ideas ran out, plus I would like to practice my English. thanks

    ADMIN – Hi Patricia,

    Thanks so much for visiting SightWords.com! Our current resources are aimed at native English speakers, but we have been pleasantly surprised by how many bilingual teachers are using our materials. We do not have anything tailored specifically to native Spanish speakers or bilingual students, but we thank you very much for your feedback and suggestions!

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  10. angela

    why not provide “facebook” let me “like”this website…i wanna to bookmark it, but i cannot bookmark it in this PC..please improve the website

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  11. Kiana

    I love this site. I am a teacher and have a predetermined list of sight words from my school. I wonder if it would be possible to upload or save a list of sight words so that I can just select it instead of retyping for each activity.

    ADMIN – Hi Kiana,

    We do not yet have the upload function you referred to, but we are always taking suggestions for what we should add to our site next. Thanks for your feedback!

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  12. Karen

    I love your free activities and teaching videos. They are practical and helpful, and in keeping with best practices! Keep this site going! Thanks! Karen

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  13. Zarina

    I have seen a lot of websites and this one is so amazing and the best. Our country Fiji has a lot of geographical barriers and everyone can not access this website. As a teacher, they must have these resources! Do you have the videos etc that can be recorded for about 700+ schools? Also if someone wanted to print valid materials for schools, at a reasonable cost, because of accessibility, will you allow this, or are they copyrighted?

    ADMIN – Hi Zarina,

    I have great news for you: everything on our website is completely free! You are welcome to download and print any of our materials. You may even download the files and have them professionally printed in Fiji! All we ask is that you not remove our SightWords.com logo from the materials.

    You may also download any of our how-to videos, which are located on our SightWords.com YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCgLnxGv7QVPOyMP1TAnzZaQ.

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  14. Manjari

    I stumbled upon this website trying to frantically figure out how to help my kindergarten daughter to read. I feel like she is so behind and I want to give her extra help at home…but didn’t EVEN know where to begin. This website is so amazing and it really has everything that I need to provide her a solid foundation to reading. I had a solid foundation of phonics and reading, and because of it, I don’t have a problem reading or spelling out any word. I wanted to provide that solid foundation for my daughter also. However, I couldn’t for the life of me remember how I was taught. I don’t know how to thank you guys for providing something like this to parents. This is heaven sent. Thank you, thank you.

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    • Manjari

      Okay…so this may be a stupid question, but I wanted to print the sight words on cardstock paper for durability. I have yellow paper at home….is it better to print the words on plain white paper or is colored paper okay. I just don’t know if the color distracts the kids from actually seeing the word and comprehending the information. Thoughts?

      ADMIN – Hi Manjari,

      Colored paper is actually great for helping children focus their attention on the printed words! White paper is what most people have at home, and that’s fine. But yellow paper works very well as a background for our sight words flash cards.

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  15. Debra Schulman

    Hi,
    I became aware of the importance of phonological awareness when I used to own and operate a Huntington Learning Center. I am now retired and am concerned that my 4 1/2 year old grand daughter is exhibiting some dyslexic tendencies. Your step by step program seems a wonderful resource. What are the fees?
    Sincerely,
    Debra Schulman

    ADMIN – Hi Debra,

    Epic that you are working with your granddaughter. There is no fee to use the materials. It is our gift to people like you that want to help their students and/or children.

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  16. sherre

    Hi, I am working with a 2nd grade students that has difficulty decoding words. He just guesses. He is a terrible speller even though he tries to get his thoughts on paper. Should I take him through this program from the beginning? What would you suggest? He studies pictures to figure out what is happening. He rushes. I think he might be embarrassed by his struggles. He is an excellent athlete – which comes easily.
    Thanks so much
    Sherre

    ADMIN – Hi Sherre,

    I would go back as far as you need to, to help him get his foundation right. Even if it seems remedial, it will pay off. He is lucky to have you.

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  17. Laurie

    Hello, I was introduced to your website last year through my preschool. We have purchased your material, but I am looking for something in particular in which I cannot find in print, nor on the website again. I am looking for the alphabet. I came across it, a month ago,and have not been able to find it since then. Please direct me as to where the alphabet cards are located. Thank you very much!

    ADMIN – Hi Laurie,

    Perhaps what you are after is the sound pronunciation guide? It is available in Phonemic Awareness –> Sound Pronunciation.

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  18. Shandre

    Hi my twins are 6 year old. They are in preschool Grade R(term we use in South Africa) but I would like to start teaching them how to read myself as they are very eager to start reading. I’m not 100% sure what it is they can and can’t do yet but I’ve only seen comments about ages between 3 – 5 years on your website. Does that mean my boys are too old for the work covered or can I just do everything with them starting from the beginning? It wont hurt to start at the beginning would it? Do you suggest I skip a few lessons if I see they can do it? Thank you

    ADMIN – Hi Shandre,

    Start with the phonemic awareness, but at that age, if they are getting it – you can take the accelerated curriculum. Then graduate to sight words and phonics.

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  19. Sarah

    I am so glad I stumbled across your website (through a google search for a dolch sight words list). I’m so impressed by your content and by how user-friendly the site is!
    I do have a question though: I’ve just begun looking over your curriculum, and it appears that your phonological awareness activities teach a lot of the same skills that many phonics programs teach. Where should one transition from here (especially in a homeschool situation)? Do you have any recommendations for phonics programs to use as a follow up (in conjunction with your sight words activities)? I’d like to find something that meshes well with the methodologies used in your program. Thank you!

    ADMIN – Hi Sarah,

    We use Distar now called Reading Mastery (Engelmann – Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons). It is great, particularly for homeschoolers and reasonably priced. I have heard good things about Zoo Phonics and Hooked on Phonics.

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  20. vasumathi

    Thank you so much, for preparing sight words content that is so useful for my students and easy to learn and enjoy.

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