Sounding Out the Sight Words

Sounding Out the Sight Words

A Guide to Teaching the Dolch Words through Phonics

Easily teach your students the tools they need to sound out the Dolch words — and thousands of additional words!

Sounding Out the Sight Words: A Guide to Teaching the Dolch Words through Phonics is a powerful tool for parents and teachers who want (or are required) to teach their students the high-frequency words in the Dolch List, but who want, instead of forcing rote memory of whole words through flash card drill, to teach students the phonics tools needed to understand, sound out, and read these common words.

The sixty-six lessons were created in collaboration between Logic of English author Denise Eide and parent Cindy Kringelis. The initial inspiration and structure were Cindy’s; she wanted to help her daughter master the sight words taught by her school and, after reading Denise’s book Uncovering the Logic of English, created a series of "instant lessons" to help educators and parents teach the Dolch words logically through phonics using the concepts she had learned.

With these “instant lessons,” rather than teaching one new sight word each day for your child to memorize, you teach one bite-size phonics concept each day in a two- to ten-minute lesson. The child practices the new concept by reading it in the context of Dolch words and other high-frequency words. In sixty-six lessons, instead of learning sixty-six Dolch words, students gain the tools to read all 315—as well as thousands of other words!

Learn more about phonics and sight words on the LOE High-Frequency Words page.

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