Tuesday, August 16, 2011

What the heck are Dolch words?!

What are Dolch words?
As you go into your homeschooling year, you may see this and ask yourself WHAT?!
That is what I did!
Turns out, I already knew this.... just as a different format!
When my boys were little, they were called Sight Words.
And this is great, because as I am prepping for not only my boys school year... I am prepping for my preschool daycare kids school year and had planned to incorporate some sight words!
I stumbled upon Dolch while looking for things and I guess you can teach an old dog new tricks because I have learned what it means!
A list of English sight words, The Dolch Word List, was compiled by Edward William Dolch, PhD, in 1948. The list was originally published in his book "Problems in Reading". Dolch compiled the list based on words used in children's reading books in the 1930s and 40s. The list contains 220 "service words" that must be quickly recognized in order to achieve reading fluency.

So, as I plan our school year for 8th grade, 9th grade and preschool lessons..... I will be going through this list and using Dolch words to enhance our learning experience!

Oh and here is a whole list of the words:Dolch Word List