I’m back–and here are some sight word tips


It’s been a long time–but I’m back! And I’ll be posting regularly with lots of tutoring tips, writing tips, and editing tips.

Many children have difficulty learning a lot of sight words–those most frequently used words we all need to be able to read and spell, but which often don’t “follow the spelling rules” and/or are not easy to “sound out.”

Rather than just telling your child, “Well, you just have to memorize it!” — why not be a bit creative and think up some great mnemonic devices (memory tricks) that will help your child learn and remember those words? If you can work together with your child to come up with those tricks, all the better, as your child will remember even more clearly when he or she has been involved in coming up with the memory device.

Below are some simple “tricks” for a few sight words–and I’m sure you’ll be able to come up with lots more yourself! If you’d like to print out a copy of this list, click here: Sight word practice tips


good (other “oo” words: wood, hood, stood)

four (other “ou” words: pour, your)
(homonymns: for, fore)

want, wash (“wa” words have an “aw” vowel sound: wall, walk, wad, wan)

any (equation: n + e = any)
(two syllable words ending in “y” have the “long e” sound: any, happy, funny, bunny: Do you have any happy, funny, bunnies?)

because (two syllables: be/cause)
(Bunnies Eat Carrots And Usually See Everything)

does, done (verb “to do”: I do, he does, she has done)
(done has the “short u” sound: I have DONE the FUN game.)
(does/does homonyms: The bambi does stay with the mother does [deer]).

why (“wh” is the start of many question words–who, what, why, where, where, which)
(equation: wh + y = why?) (or: Y asks “why?”)

work (“Work” is an oddball “word” because they both are spelled “or” but say “er”–also: world, worm,     worst, worry)

write (“wr” says “r”: wreck, wrestle, wrong, wry)
(homonyms: right, rite, write)
(When I write, I start with a squiggly line, “w”!)

right (“igh” says the “long i” sound)
(right, bright, flight, light, might, night, plight, sight, tight)
(Now I can write just right!)

far (bar, car, harm, jar, lard, March, part, star, start, tart, yard)

full (The bull will pull the full cart.)

hurt (burn, curt, crul, fur, hurl, purr)

only (only has 2 syllables: on + ly = only)
(Remember: two syllables ending in “y” have the “long e” sound: happy, any, bunny, only)
(I ONly have ONe cat!)

eight (weight, freight)
(homonyms: I ate eight cookies.)
(I met eight friends at 8 o’clock.)

carry (Words with a double consonant in the middle have 2 syllables that are divided between the consonants–this is very common with words that end with “y”: car/ry, bun/ny, hap/py, pret/ty)

“wh” words: white, why, while, who, what, when, where, which

why (one syllable words ending in “y” have the “long i” sound: why, sky, my, fly, by, buy)

“th ending” words: both, bath, hath, math, path, with, quoth

“sh ending” words: wash, fish, cash, dish, mash, rush, push, dash, fresh, hash — and: shush!

Were—or—where  (Where were you?)
(WE WEre right here! — “were” starts with “we”)
(“Where” is a question word, so start with “wh”–like who, what, when, why, which)

Looking for other useful tips on helping your child read and write? Check out the list of topics in the second half of our Tutoring Tips page.

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2 Responses to I’m back–and here are some sight word tips

  1. Alan Campbell says:

    We can always have ghoti for dinner!

  2. Norma J Hill says:

    Sounds kind of fishy to me, Alan! 🙂

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