Tips for Learning Sight Words When Your Child Has Dyslexia


Kids with dyslexia can have extra difficulty learning sight words. Some of these words don’t follow standard spelling rules, so they’re not decodable. Others appear so often that kids have to recognize them quickly to be fluent readers. These tips can make learning sight words easier.

•    Create a memory aid - Come up with a rhyme including the word, or something associated with it.

•    Add artistic flair - Remembering a sight word is easier if they connect it to a picture. 

•    Use different senses - Trace letters on lists of sight words with her finger. 

•    Mental picture - Ask your child to get a good look at the word, and try to “take a picture of it.”

•    Explore word history - Checking out a word’s history can teach kids why it’s spelled so strangely. 

•    Do a word search - Have your child pick words she’s practicing at school in books at home.

•    Make time for fun/games - Play games like concentration, Go fish, tic-tac-toe, and hangman. 

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