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Dolch Words

Dolch or Sight Words


A list of English sight words, The Dolch Word List, was compiled by Edward William Dolch, PhD, in 1948. Dolch compiled the list based on words used in children's reading books in the 1930s and 40s. The list contains 220 words that must be quickly recognized in order to achieve reading fluency.


The Dolch Word List is also called Sight Words. It includes the most frequently used words in the English language. Sight words make up 50 to 70 percent of any general text. Therefore, teaching The Dolch Word List is a crucial goal of education in grades kindergarten through 3.  


We suggest you print this list and work with your child on these words by making flashcards until they have them memorized.  This will help them to be more successful as they are learning to read.



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