What are sight words and why do they matter?
Sight words are high-frequency words that often involve irregular spelling, making them tricky for children to decode. Because these words are so common, stumbling across them can slow down children’s reading. This is why literacy experts recommend that children learn by heart what these words look like.
Automatically reading these words in texts leaves children’s brains free to decode less frequent words with more regular spelling. This means reading becomes more fluent, and children are freer to concentrate on what words mean.