Learning the Dolch Word Part 1


The Dolch Word List is a list of frequently used words compiled by Edward William Dolch, PhD. The list was prepared in 1936. The list was originally published in his book Problems in Reading in 1948. Under the copyright laws in effect during the time of publication, the Dolch word list is out of copyright.
Dolch compiled the list based on children's books of his era. The list contains 220 "service words" that have to be easily recognized in order to achieve reading fluency in English. The compilation excludes nouns, which comprise a separate 95-word list.
Many of the 220 Dolch words can’t be “sounded out” using common sound-to-letter implicit phonics patterns and have to be learned by sight; hence the alternative term, “sight word." Although the list is divided into grades, for native English speakers, all the words in the Dolch should be mastered by the end of 1st grade.
(info source: Wikipedia)
Actually, same thing goes here in my country. The Dolch Word should be memorized by kids before reaching the third grade. I started to teach Milzon the first set of words last week. I decided to teach him 22 words per day.

Here's our first 22 words
"a, and, away, big, blue, can, come, down, find, for, funny, go, help, here, I, in, is, it, jump, little, look, make"
Now here's what we did, i let Milzon be familiarized with the words first and then I told him the meanings and uses of each words. And then we headed on our Flash Card reading session. Yup! Made my own flash cards for him. This will measure if he really knows the word.
Shuffle the flash cards and let him read the word repeatedly. Tell him to familiarized the spelling too.
Now let's check Milzon's Reading skill on our first Dolch Word tutorial

Cool! Now let's check if he can spell those words correctly. Let your kids spell the words in random order.
As you can see, Milzon got 2 mistakes. He misspelled "down" to "donw" and "Little" to "Lette". Anyway, i think he did great! Now for the 2 mistakes, here's the technique, simply include the two misspelled words on your next spelling quiz. Also, always make some recaps before you start with another set of words.

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