Sight Words

Sight Words

Sight words are the 1,000 most used words in the English language. For a child to read easily & fluently, it is critical for these words to be automatic. Consider the following:

  • The 25 most frequent words make up 33% of all printed text.
  • The 100 most frequent words make up 50% of all printed text.
  • The 300 most frequent words make up 65% of all printed text.
  • The 1000 most frequent words make up 95% of all printed text.

EVERY good reader (whether formally taught or not) has these 1,000 words memorized. They do not sound them out every time they are read...they are automatic.

Without memorizing & automating the most frequently used words, a child will NEVER be a fluent reader. Unfortunately, some children do not naturally automate these sight words which is one of the main reasons readers struggle. Sight words need to be explicitly taught and drilled to ensure fluency. The sight word goal in Burton Reading is to automate the 200 most frequent words in the English language.

NOTE: memorizing sight words should not be confused with the whole language approach to reading. Whole language teaches very little (if any) phonics and stresses memorizing large amounts of words. Automating frequent words in combination with solid phonics is the balanced reading approach that Burton Reading programs use.

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