Use Dolch Word Lists to See Fast Phonics Progress for Your Preschooler:

Use phonics to read the Dolch Word List. With repetition (vice memorization) the words naturally become sight words. Doing this helps a beginning learner progress easily toward solo reading by:

1. Moving them from decoding to comprehension  faster.  

 What every parent wants to see!

2. Moving them from lists to real reading.

   Kids love that! 

Right after the lists, see how 1 and 2 happen!

Lists of Pre-K level Dolch words your child can read with: 

English Decoder

Phonics rules

and  

away 

big 

blue 

can 

come  

down 

find 

for 

funny

go 

help 

here 

in 

is 

it 

jump 

little 

look 

make 

me 

my 

not 

play 

red 

run 

see

three

up

we

yellow

Standard Phonics Rules

and  

away 

big 

blue 

can 

down 

for 

funny 

help 

here 


in 

it 

jump 

look 

make 

not 

play 

red 

run 

see 

three 

up 

yellow 



Memorization: True Sight words

one 

said 

the 

to 

two 

where 

you



Move From Decoding to Comprehension Faster

You probably recognize decoding and comprehension. You just may not know it!!  You've heard a child working to put sounds together.  They blend, stop, blend again.  When they pronounce a word they recognize they move on to the next word.

Decoding sounds like this:   Mmm. . . y,  mmyy, my,  d oo g, doo ...g, dog,  rrr aaa  nnn,  rrr aaa. . .n, raaaan, ran,

AAA ww aay,   . . .  

This is independent reading in the making.  It is the sound of progress. Yet, as you can tell, it is not smooth.  A young learner gets to the end of a sentence.  They often cannot remember what they read. 

Add this "plot twist".  A child works through the sounds of only some of the words in a sentence.  The rest they have sounded out before.  These are now sight words that they say quickly. 

Decoding with a "twist" sounds like this:  My,  d  ooo g, doo...g, dog, rrr  aaa  nnn, rrr aaa. . . n, raan, ran, away

This begins to sound like a real sentence.  With a quick reread the message makes sense. 

Comprehension, another way of saying "the words make sense!" has been reached.

Did you notice something about the sight words in the decoding with a twist sample?  These were from the Dolch word list.  

The idea is that these words were sounded out in a list ahead of time. Maybe they were reread 4 or 5 times. They became familiar enough to be recognized on sight.  These pre-learned words brought meaning to a sentence that might otherwise have been only choppy decoding.

By front-end loading the reading process (using phonics to read through frequently used words) Dolch Word List can help make this jump from decoding to comprehension sooner. 

Move From Lists to Context Reading Faster

Word lists bring a sense of accomplishment to a young learner.  They are a taste of success when a child is learning to read.  Reading a real story is a sense of joy. Hopefully, the little person will experience a love of reading.  

Many a parent has brought this excitement to a little one by rereading behind them.  A child works through all the sounds of words in a sentence or under a picture.  The parent reads the entire sentence after them smoothly.  Now the sense of the story is conveyed.  

Adults do this naturally.  They are responding to the obvious enjoyment of the child. This is especially true of children who have been read aloud to often. Reading the same story all by them self is huge!  Dolch Word List use can bring this moment of reading a "real story" sooner.  

Sounding out word lists gives a child practice in letter sound use.  If this practice takes place on specific words that they are likely to see in a story so much the better. Now those words are easily recognized.  The result of these words plus ones they sounded out is similar to a parent reading behind them. The sense of the story comes across.  

What to Read To Ensure Dolch Word List Vocabulary

Word lists are compiled by frequency.  That means someone else took the time to check the children's section to see what words were already there. If words are truly frequent you should be able to find them anywhere.  

In reality you could make up a list of all the words that keep showing up in your own stash of children's books.  It would be a frequency word list.  

Someone already took the time to do this very thing.  The point is this: making sure a specific book is not a fluke with unusual vocabulary may be helpful.  Other than that, finding books for your preschooler with Dolch Word List vocabulary should not be very hard. 

Get the Tools For:


Learning phonics rules that decode more Dolch Words 

Sing Dolch Words with your kindergartner

  Practicing Dolch words in early reader books

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