What are Dolch sight words?


Dolch words, or sight words, provide an excellent base for reading at an early age. 


They are often called sight words because some of them can't be sounded out, and need to be learned by sight

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The Dolce word list contains 220 frequently used English sight words that have to be easily recognisable, to achieve English language reading fluency. It was compiled by Edward William Dolch.


Dr. Seuss was a famous user of 220 high frequency words, authoring numerous beginner reading books in the 1950’s which are still popular today. One of the favourites is 'The Cat in the Hat'.

For decades his books have been a favourite with educators and kids alike, helping children learn to read through the repetitive use of sight words which represent over 50% of all print media. High-frequency sight words make up 75 - 90% of Dr Seuss’ books making them ideal for learning to read and building reading confidence in kids.