All written material consists of a high proportion of common words referred to as high frequency words. The 100 most common words make up approximately half of all the material we read, with the 25 most common words making up about a third. Because many of these high frequency words are not phonetically regular (i.e., the, was, one, are, to, is, look, etc.), they must be memorized. When a core of these basic words have been committed to memory, children read more fluently and with greater comprehension. When a reader is able to automatically recognize these words, they are better able to focus on phonetic strategies, picture and context cues to decode the unknown words in a text. Reading becomes more fluent because the reader does not have to decode every word. In many classrooms, children are taught to immediately recognize (sight read) these so-called “sight” words without needing to decode them. Our Eyewords™ products will help your reader master the sight words and propel them into developing strong reading fluency.
Each Eyewords™ Multisensory Teaching Card is double sided. On the front, a high frequency word is embedded with a contextual picture. On the back, the same word is written in plain-text and a meaningful auditory phrase and related kinesthetic action is provided. Also included with each card set is its own activity sheet providing a set of play-based reading games. The visual-contextual picture, auditory phrase along with kinesthetic action and play based games together create our multisensory approach to the learning of high frequency words. Having input from multiple modalities provides additional cuing systems creating a stronger memory trace and deepening the association between a sight word and its meaning.
High frequency wordlists vary from source to source and are typically taken from one of three top wordlists: the Dolch Word List, the Fry Instant Word List and Fountas and Pinnell’s Benchmark Assessment List. The top 100 words from each list when compared comprise a total of 150 unique words with the majority appearing on all three lists. Eyewords™ Multisensory Teaching Cards, Sets 1-3, Words 1-150 encompass the first 100 words from all three of the main wordlists.